Protecting Marine Life on the West Coast

The West Coast Region works to conserve and recover protected marine and anadromous species on the West Coast through partnerships and innovative science-based solutions.

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Endangered southern California steelhead Spawning in Maria Ygnacio Creek.

Our Region works to conserve and restore marine resources on the West Coast. Guided by the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we review species' status to determine if a species should be listed as threatened or endangered; develop protective regulations to conserve listed species; designate critical habitat; develop and implement recovery plans; and authorize scientific research permits for activities that will benefit protected species. We also manage and conserve marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Among other activities under the MMPA, we coordinate and support the marine mammal stranding networks to care for animals stranded on our coasts. Our work covers a vast geography, including the inland and coastal waters of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California.

We focus on partnerships, minimizing adverse effects of Federal actions, and science-based solutions. Habitat protection and restoration are critical components of species recovery and conservation. We work with a range of partners from Federal agencies to individual landowners to ensure sufficient protection and restoration of habitats necessary for species recovery. We also focus on recovery and conservation of species and habitats using an ecosystem-based approach that considers benefits, interactions, and trade-offs for multiple species.

Species Managed

Endangered Species Act (ESA) Resources

Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Resources

Related Information

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on January 22, 2020