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 fishermenIf 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

Contact Information

  • NMFS statewide 24-hr Stranding Hotline: (877) 925-7773or (877) 9-AKR-PRD
  • Online Notification Form (for the public
  • MMAP Notification Form (for fishermen)
  • 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


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.