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Bio-Loan Program


Examples of some of the whale teeth in the Bio-Loan Program. Using seized and abandoned property, the Bio-Loan Program educates the public about marine resources.

The bio-loan program was created in an effort to share with the public our wide array of biological artifacts, collected through enforcement activities or donations. For years it’s been a successful and popular program. But, our mission is on enforcement and protection and the bio-loan program has grown into a larger program than we can continue to manage. It is with this in mind that we’ve transitioned our bio-loan program to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has staff that works full time on bio-loan type programs and are in a much better position to properly manage these assets.

For instructions on how to request artifacts from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, National Wildlife Property Repository, click here.

If you have questions, please call NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement at 301-427-8255.