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Stranded Marine Animals
Fraser's dolphins, part of a mass stranding of 8 animals in March 2005 in Bookelia, FL
Photo Credit: Mote Marine Lab
Photo Credit: Andy Bruckner, NOAA
Stranded Marine Mammals: Dolphins and Whales
The NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) is the base for the Southeast U.S. Marine Mammal Stranding Program. NMFS authorizes organizations and volunteers under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to respond to marine mammal strandings throughout the United States. These organizations form the stranding network whose participants are trained to respond to, and collect samples from live and dead marine mammals that strand along southeastern United State beaches.
Stranded Sea Turtles
The Sea Turtle Stranding and Salvage Network (STSSN) was formally established in 1980 to collect information on and document strandings of marine turtles along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coasts. The network encompasses the coastal areas of the eighteen-state region from Maine to Texas, and includes portions of the U.S. Caribbean.
- Marine Mammal Stranding Network (nationwide)
- Northeast U.S. Stranding Network for Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles
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?
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