Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program
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History: TASSC received a two-year grant that ended June 30, 2001 from the North Pacific Marine Research Initiative Program to increase the local participation in stranding response of marine mammals and birds around the Bering Sea.

The stranded orca, Eyak, being hauled ashore for a necropsy. Photo © TASSC.
  • 55 people from around Alaska learned about stranding response and associated laws. Each received a “gut bucket,” a portable tool-kit containing all the necessary tools to necropsy and sample a stranded marine mammal or bird. Additionally all participants were offered Letters of Authorization by the National Marine Fisheries Service to scientifically and legally respond to marine mammal stranding.
  • In addition to the workshops, TASSC produced an informational poster and brochure that outlines information on reporting stranded marine mammals. Distribution included communities throughout the Bering Sea and Gulf of Alaska.
  • Following the end of the NPRMI project, we received a small grant from the Alaska SeaLife Center to continue our work with stranding response.
  • TASSC still strongly advocates for data collection and salvage of stranded dead marine mammals from and for Alaska Native peoples.


TASSC marine mammal stranding gut bucket. Photo © TASSC.

Future Plans: TASSC remains a member of the Alaska Stranding network for dead marine mammal response for non-ESA listed marine mammals.Feel free to contact us for more information.


TASSC Extended Stranding Workshop, Seward, Alaska. Photo © TASSC.

updated 9 February 2010


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