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Questions & Answers - Proposed Rule to Establish Time-Area Closures of Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins’ Essential Habitats

Purpose and description of the proposed rulemaking action, exceptions to prohibitions, and next steps for Hawaiian spinner dolphins.

Whales and Dolphins of the Marianas

The NOAA Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center’s Cetacean Research Program has been studying whales and dolphins in the Marianas since 2010.  We conducted surveys from ships in 2010, 2015, and 2018, and from small boats in 2010–2019.
May 13, 2021 -

11 Cool Facts About Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises

Did you know these marine mammals are part of the cetacean family? Check out these facts to learn more.
2020-whale-week-finback-1920x1080-desktop-300.jpg Finback whales. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Marine Mammal Molecular Genetics Laboratory

Using molecular genetic tools and techniques to study marine mammals and gather information essential for their successful conservation and management in the Southeast Region.

ADRIFT in the California Current

Studying marine mammals and ocean soundscape using drifting recorders.


Free and Open Source Software for Acoustics

Injury Determinations for Humpback Whales and Other Cetaceans Reported to NOAA Response Networks in the Hawaiian Islands During 2018

During 2018, there were 19 reports of cetaceans with human-caused injuries, including 4 humpback whales involved in vessel collisions, 11 humpback whales entangled in presumed fishing gear or marine debris and 4 other cetaceans with human-caused injuries.
June 05, 2020 - Technical Memo ,

Whale and Dolphin Surveys in the Pacific Islands

Surveys for cetaceans to assess abundance across broad areas of the Pacific.

An Updated Literature Review Examining the Impacts of Tourism on Marine Mammals over the Last Fifteen Years (2000-2015) to Inform Research and Management Programs

In 2000, Samuels et al. provided a comprehensive review of the scientific literature available at the time, which included 107 references related to the effects “swim-with dolphin” tours have on animals’ health and behavior. Over the last fifteen years, opportunities to view marine mammals in the wild have increased through commercial and private vessel-based platforms, in water “swim-with” activities, and land-based observation stations.
July 01, 2018 - Technical Memo ,