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Marine Mammal Inventory

What is the Marine Mammal Inventory?

An inventory of all marine mammals held in permanent captivity under NOAA Fisheries' jurisdiction. The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) requires NOAA Fisheries to maintain this inventory. The inventory includes all whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals, and sea lions held for:


What information must be reported?

The MMPA requires holders of marine mammals to report the following information to NOAA Fisheries:


When do I need to report inventory changes? 


How do I report inventory changes?

The following forms are available for use by marine mammal holders to update the marine mammal inventory:


How do I review my inventory data?

Marine mammal holders may request holder/ facility-specific information, including animal-specific data sheets, by contacting the NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources:

Can anyone request information from the inventory?

Yes, anyone may request information from the National Marine Mammal Inventory database under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). You can request marine mammal inventory data through the FOIA online system. This system allows you to track the progress of your request and retrieve the data electronically. You will need to submit your request under the Department of Commerce, parent Department of NOAA Fisheries. 

Please consider the following questions when submitting your request:

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Updated: December 16, 2013