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The Endangered Species Act: 50 Years of Conserving Species

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act by learning more about NOAA's work to conserve endangered species and their habitats.
50th Anniversary of the Endangered Species Act with smalltooth sawfish, green turtle, Atlantic salmon, staghorn, North Atlantic right whale, and Tubastraea floreana

Seal and Sea Lion Week

Join us for a week-long celebration of seals and other pinnipeds and get the scoop on NOAA's seal conservation efforts.
An animation showing several species of seals in their native habitats with the words "Seal & Sea Lion Week" across the top. Seal & Sea Lion Week is March 20-24, 2023.

50 Years of Protecting Marine Mammals

A look at the Marine Mammal Protection Act's many advancements and accomplishments in the last 50 years.
February 02, 2023 - Podcast ,
Pair of bottlenose dolphins Pair of bottlenose dolphins. Credit: NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center/Lisa Morse.

2019 Report of Marine Mammal Strandings in the United States

These national and regional marine mammal stranding overviews detail marine mammal stranding rates, trends, and activities in the United States in a given year. In 2019, there were 7,719 confirmed marine mammal strandings in the United States.
Stranding Network members perform an animal autopsy on a stranded gray whale that lies within a sectioned off area of the beach. A team of scientists from The Marine Mammal Center and the California Academy of Sciences perform a necropsy on a stranded gray whale at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach. Photo: Katie D’Innocenzo/The Marine Mammal Center.

Highlights of Our Seal Research in Alaska as Part of NOAA Fisheries Seal Week

Alaska is home to many species of seals and sea lions. These videos capture some of the important research we are doing in Alaska to better understand and manage seal and sea lion populations.
September 01, 2022 - Feature Story ,
4 images in a grid showing photographs of a bearded seal, ringed seal, ribbon seal, and spotted seal.

Seal Week 2022: Celebrating Pinniped Science and Conservation

During Seal Week August 29–September 2, NOAA Fisheries highlights seals and sea lions through science, conservation, and management.
August 29, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Harbor seal in Maine rests on the beach Harbor seal in Maine rests on the beach. Photo credit: Marine Mammals of Maine.

Condition of Seals Declined During Rapid Warming in Alaska

A new study finds quantitative evidence of climate-related impacts on these typically adaptable, resilient predators.
January 27, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Photo of a spotted seal mother and pup sitting on an ice floe. Spotted seal mother and pup in the Bering Sea. Photo: NOAA Fisheries.

NOAA Fisheries Declares Unusual Mortality Event Due to Elevated Strandings of Ice Seals in the Arctic

The increase in ice seal mortality is nearly five times the average number.
September 12, 2019 - Feature Story ,
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