Marine Mammals

Research on marine mammals is conducted by SWFSC scientists on cetaceans (dolphins, porpoises and whales) and pinnipeds (seals, sea lions and fur seals) of the eastern Pacific Ocean, high latitudes of the Pacific and Antarctica. Research is designed to aid in the management and conservation of these protected species under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, International Dolphin Conservation Program Act, and Endangered Species Act as well as the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources and the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act.  Other major areas of research include evaluating and monitoring the effect of fishery bycatch on marine mammal populations, and monitoring whale and pinniped populations as they recover from historical overharvesting. The U.S. Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports are published annually.  Links to several of these studies are listed below:

Marine Mammal and Turtle Division

Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division



Last modified: 12/24/2014