A violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act or the Endangered Species Act may result in fines or civil penalties of up to $10,000 or criminal penalties of up to $20,000 plus IMPRISONMENT and/or SEIZURE OF VESSEL and other personal property.

Contact Numbers

Whalewatching Information For more information on the whalewatching guidelines or laws pertaining to marine mammals, call:

National Marine Fisheries Service, Protected Resources Division:

Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary:


Dead, Ship Struck or Injured Whales:

866-755-NOAA (6622)


Right Whale Sighting:

All sightings of a right whale should be called in to the alert network. NMFS Sighting Advisory System

866-755-NOAA (6622)


Entangled Whale:

Any sighting of an entangled whale should be reported. Vessels should stand-by and keep the whale in sight until help arrives, or arrange for another vessel to maintain contact with the whale. Disentanglement HOTLINE

866-755-NOAA (6622) or call on VHF CH-16 to the USCG


Dead Whale:

Any sighting of a dead whale should be reported. Marine Mammal Stranding Network

866-755-NOAA (6622)


Potential Violations:

Any reports of an activity that appears to be an intentional or negligent action leading to a collision or harassment incident, call: NOAA Enforcement HOTLINE




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