Marine Mammal Entanglement and Marine Debris
Marine debris adversely impacts more than 800 marine and coastal species, including marine mammals, sea turtles and seabirds. Marine debris is any man-made object discarded, disposed of, or abandoned that enters the marine environment. In 2010, an estimated 17 billion pounds of plastic landed at sea.
Impacts of Marine Debris on Marine Mammals
How to Report Injured, Entangled or Dead Marine Mammals
Please let us know if you see injured, entangled or dead marine mammals in the water or on the beach. The most important information to collect is the date, location of animal (including latitude and longitude), number of animals, and species. Please don't move or touch the animal.
- NMFS statewide 24-hr Stranding Hotline: (877) 925-7773 or (877) 9-AKR-PRD
- Online Notification Form (for the public)
- MMAP Notification Form (for fishermen) If you are a fisherman and have entagled a marine mammal in your gear, you must fill out the MMAP Notification form.
- Protected Resources Office (M-F 8:00 am-4:00 pm):
- Juneau: (907) 586-7235
- Anchorage: (907) 271-5006
- Alaska SeaLife Center Stranding Hotline: (888) 774-7325