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Snorkelers Fined for Pursuing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

Settlements for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A Hawaiian spinner dolphin performs aerial acrobatics off Mākua Beach, Oʻahu.

Six Reasons Why You Should Not Swim with Wild Spinner Dolphins

Would you swim with wild spinner dolphins if you knew that they were trying to sleep?
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,

Tour Operator Fined for Harassing Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins

A judge fined a tour operator $2,500 for illegally harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Natural resources officers with the State of Hawai'i investigated dolphin tour operator Casey Phillips Cho for harassing Hawaiian spinner dolphins, which is illegal.
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,
A spinner dolphin jumps vertically from the water.

New Regulation Protects Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Against Disturbance

A final rule prohibits swimming with, approaching, or remaining within 50 yards of spinner dolphins. A proposed rule may establish time-area closures of select nearshore resting areas. 
September 28, 2021 - Feature Story ,

$99.6 Million Approved to Continue Restoring Gulf-wide Resources Impacted by Deepwater Horizon

Eleven projects aimed at restoring sea turtles, marine mammals, oysters, and birds are approved to move forward in all five Gulf states, and in Mexico.
September 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Sea turtle hatchling on the sand in the Gulf of Mexico. The Region-wide plan includes $18.6 million dedicated to four projects to restore sea turtles; one is focused on nesting sites. Credit: Shutterstock

Amended Plan Leaves More Salmon for Endangered Killer Whales in Low Return Years

Fisheries do not jeopardize continued existence of Southern Resident orcas. Southern Resident Connections - Post 20
September 14, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Dorsal fin of a killer whale swimming off the Washington Coast An endangered Southern Resident killer whale off the coast of Washington. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Northwest Fisheries Science Center

2021 John H. Prescott Marine Animal Rescue Assistance Grants Announced

NOAA awards more than $3.7 million in grants to stranding network partners in 19 states and one tribe for Fiscal Year 2021.
September 14, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Photo of Stranded Harbor Seal Pup A stranded Pacific harbor seal pup is examined at World Vets marine mammal urgent care clinic in Gig Harbor, Washington, 2020.

New Curriculum Inspires the Next Generation of Marine Mammal Stewards

Southern Resident Killer Whale unit empowers West Coast students and educators
August 26, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Students working together around a laptop computer