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Marine Mammals

All marine mammals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Some are also protected under the Endangered Species Act and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora

NOAA Fisheries has jurisdiction over approximately 119 marine mammal species, while the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has jurisdiction over polar bears, walruses, sea otters, manatees, and dugongs. 
 

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Species Name Species Category Protected Status
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Histriophoca fasciata
  • Species Category
    Seals & Sea Lions
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
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Left-facing illustration of Bryde's whale. Credit: Jack Hornady for NOAA Fisheries.
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Balaenoptera ricei
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered
    Year Listed
    2019
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    Region
    Southeast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Southeast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Southeast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix I
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Phoca (pusa) hispida
  • Species Category
    Seals & Sea Lions
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Ladoga subspecies
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered - Foreign
    Year Listed
    2012
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Saimaa subspecies
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered - Foreign
    Year Listed
    1993
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Arctic subspecies
    Species Status
    ESA Threatened
    Year Listed
    2012 (original); 2018 (reinstated)
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    Region
    Alaska
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Baltic subspecies
    Species Status
    ESA Threatened - Foreign
    Year Listed
    2012
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Okhotsk subspecies
    Species Status
    ESA Threatened - Foreign
    Year Listed
    2012
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Ladoga subspecies
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Okhotsk subspecies
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Baltic subspecies
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Saimaa subspecies
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Arctic subspecies
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
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Grampus griseus
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Steno bredanensis
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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    ---
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Balaenoptera borealis
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered
    Year Listed
    1970
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    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    ---
    ---
    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    ---
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    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix I
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  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Delphinus delphis
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Left-facing illustration of short-finned pilot whale with mostly black body and white underside. Credit: Jack Hornady for NOAA Fisheries.
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Globicephala macrorhynchus
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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    ---
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Eubalaena australis
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered - Foreign
    Year Listed
    1970
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix I
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Mesoplodon bidens
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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    ---
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Physeter macrocephalus
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered
    Year Listed
    1970
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    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    ---
    ---
    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    ---
    ---
    Region
    Alaska
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix I
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    ---
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Stenella longirostris
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Eastern stock
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Phoca largha
  • Species Category
    Seals & Sea Lions
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Southern DPS
    Species Status
    ESA Threatened - Foreign
    Year Listed
    2010
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Southern DPS
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    Foreign
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Mesoplodon stejnegeri
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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Eumetopias jubatus
  • Species Category
    Seals & Sea Lions
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Western DPS
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered
    Year Listed
    1997; 1990 (original)
    Region
    Alaska
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Eastern DPS
    Species Status
    ESA Delisted
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    Region
    Alaska
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Alaska
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Western DPS
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    Region
    Alaska
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Western DPS
    Species Status
    MMPA Strategic
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    Region
    Alaska
    West Coast
    Foreign
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Stenella coeruleoalba
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Pacific Islands
    Southeast
    West Coast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Illustration of Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin. Credit: Jack Hornady.
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Sousa chinensis taiwanensis
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin subspecies
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered - Foreign
    Year Listed
    2018
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix I
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Mesoplodon mirus
  • Species Category
    Whales
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
    Southeast
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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    ---
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout the Wider Caribbean Region
    Species Status
    SPAW Annex II
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Phocoena sinus
Also Known As
Gulf of California harbor porpoise, Cochito
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    ESA Endangered - Foreign
    Year Listed
    1985
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Depleted
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    ---
    Region
    Foreign
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix I
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Lagenorhynchus albirostris
  • Species Category
    Dolphins & Porpoises
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    MMPA Protected
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    Region
    New England/Mid-Atlantic
  • Name of DPS or Stock
    Throughout Its Range
    Species Status
    CITES Appendix II
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