How Are Whales Protected?

Whales, and other marine mammals, are protected under two key federal laws:  

Marine Mammal Protection Act – protects ALL marine species

Endangered Species Act – protects endangered and threatened marine mammal populations

Here’s what you need to know as a boater who may see whales nearby.

More information on the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act is available through NOAA Fisheries.

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