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Global Marine Mammal Stranding Organizations

The Global Marine Mammal Stranding Network stretches across more than 75 countries and territories around the world.

North America
South America
Asia/Middle East
Australia/Pacific Islands/

The structure of stranding response networks varies by country and region. Typically, permits are required to handle marine mammals, and oversight for response activities granted by a government agency.

In this list, government agencies are the primary listings. Other organizations are listed in alphabetical order, unless otherwise requested by that country. The authors recommend contacting the government agency on the list for additional information on the legal status of marine mammals in your country.

To request changes to these listings, or to add a new stranding organization, please contact Dr. Frances Gulland at

This global list was originally published in the following textbook:

Simeone, C and Moore K. 2017. Stranding response, and Appendix 5., In CRC Handbook of Marine Mammal Medicine. Third edition, eds Gulland, FMD, Dierauf and Whitman KL, CRC Pres, Boca Raton, FL. USA.

The authors wish to thank Drs. Frances Gulland and Leslie Dierauf for creating the original version of this chapter, and Meredith Sherrill and Kelly McCourt for their assistance in compiling this list.

Thank you to all responders working tirelessly to save stranded marine mammals worldwide.

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