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Marine Mammal Program
Photo Credit: SEFSC
Fraser's dolphins, part of a mass stranding of 8 animals in March 2005 in Bookelia, FL
Photo Credit: Mote Marine Lab
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) mandates that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) maintain the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and monitor the status of all marine mammals.
The Southeast Fisheries Science Center is responsible for marine mammal responses in the southeast region of the United States including the beaches from North Carolina to Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The SEFSC Marine Mammal group is divided in two teams:
- Health & Stranding Response, including Mortality Estimations
- Assessment, including Biscayne Bay Photo ID project
- Marine Mammals Stranding Network Participant Directory Application (*login required)
- Marine Mammals Reports and Documents
- Marine Mammal Conservation and Species Information
- Viewing Protected Marine Species in the Wild
- Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division - Dr. Jim Bohnsack (Jim.Bohnsack@noaa.gov)
- Marine Mammal Program - Dr. Lance Garrison (Lance.Garrison@noaa.gov)
- Marine Mammal Health and Stranding - Blair Mase (Blair.Mase@noaa.gov)
How Do I...?
- Distinguish a white marlin from a spearfish
- How do I report a stranded/ beached whale, dolphin, or turtle?
- How do I report a lionfish sighting?
- Access SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR)
- How do I report for my fishing/dealer permit requirements?
- How do I report a retrieved tag?
- How do I find current fishery closures?
- How do I adopt a billfish?
- How do I register my billfish tournament?
- How do I apply for a permit?
- Visit the SEFSC library
- How do I find NOAA staff?
- How do I apply for grant funding?
- How do I request permission to use a photo found on the website?
- How do I find It? Provide Website Feedback