Marine mammals and sea turtles

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for the conservation and protection of Canada’s marine resources, including marine mammals and sea turtles. The Department is guided by the principles of sound scientific knowledge and effective management in developing regulations and policies to meet this responsibility.

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Services and information

Identify a species

Photos and facts, including conservation information, of marine mammals found in Canadian waters.

Report a sighting or incident

Find contact information for reporting an incident in your region.

Marine mammal response program

Learn about the response network that helps marine mammals and sea turtles in distress. Access annual reports.

Marine mammal working group

Read about the interests and mandate of the working group and the roles and responsibilities of the Chair.

Maritimes region

Marine mammals and sea turtle species, whale watching guidelines, how to report sightings.

Entangled, injured or dead whales, dolphins or porpoises

How to identify, record and report entangled marine mammals.

What we are doing

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