Laws & Regulations

NOAA Fisheries is the federal agency responsible for managing, conserving, and protecting living marine resources in inland, coastal, and offshore waters of the United States. We are one of several agencies within the Department of Commerce that work to improve our coastal and ocean resources.

For marine mammals we derive our mandates and authorities from numerous statutes, the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act. To ensure our management decisions are based on the best available science, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region works closely with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, and the National Marine Mammal Laboratory. We also partner with local, state and federal agencies, tribes, stakeholders, and others to find science-based solutions to complex environmental issues.

To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call: 1-866-767-6114 
For law enforcement, harassments,  and other violations, please call:  1-800-853-1964

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)