Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Event and Emergency Response Program

What is an Unusual Mortality Event (UME)? According to the Marine Mammal Protection Act it is a stranding that is unexpected; involves a significant die-off of any marine mammal population; and demands immediate response. When such events occur, Northwest Regional Coordinators work with other federal and non-federal experts, including two international participants from Canada and Mexico from a variety of biological and biomedical disciplines. This working group advises NOAA Fisheries with regards to marine mammal unusual mortality events. The program coordinates emergency response, investigations into causes of mortality and morbidity, evaluates the environmental factors associated with UMEs, provides training and resources as possible, and oversees the Marine Mammal Unusual Mortality Event Fund.

Learn more about Unusual Mortality Events. The data below shows the unusual mortality events in our region.