Marine mammal and sea turtle stranding response coordination

The NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office oversees, coordinates, and authorizes stranding network responses to marine mammal and sea turtle strandings in the South Atlantic, the Gulf of Mexico, and the U.S. Caribbean. We provide responders technical guidance, assist in locating veterinarians and rehabilitation facilities, and authorize certain response measures, such as euthanasia or rehabilitation as appropriate. Also, we investigate the cause of strandings, and may undertake emergency rulemaking to address the issue if the cause is fishery-related.