Top 10 Actions to Save Ocean Wildlife


1. Donate to Saving Ocean Wildlife

Donate to Saving Ocean Wildlife to help support our efforts of raising ocean awareness and taking action to report on and save animals.

2. Report an animal sighting

Report any injured, dead or live animal using our wildlife reporting tool . NOAA needs your help to learn more about the animals we are trying to protect

3. Reduce your use of single-use plastics

Reduce your use of plastics. Plastic in the ocean is toxic and dangerous to marine wildlife because they mistake it for food and eat it, or get entangled in it. There are many ocean-friendly alternatives and ways you can minimize your personal consumption. You too can live a plastics-free lifestyle!

4. Clean up your favorite beach

Clean up your favorite beach – pick up trash whenever you visit your beach or organize a clean-up with your friends, family or neighbors

5. Respect marine life by viewing wildlife but not disturbing them

Respect marine life by viewing wildlife but not disturbing them. Please do not feed the animals, get too close to them or harass them

6. If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices

If you eat seafood, make sustainable choices – seafood recommendations

7. Recycle your old medication

Recycle your old medications at your local participating pharmacy instead of flushing them down the toilet because the chemicals pass through the sewage treatment plants and flow straight into the ocean. Find the closest drop-off location here

8. Follow clean boating guidelines

If you are a boat owner, follow clean boating guidelines (link to blog on clean boating)

9. Support whale rescue

Take NOAA’s free online Level 1 training course to help support the local whale disentanglement team

10. Donate your time or money

Donate your time or money to support the efforts of Saving Ocean Wildlife

Register for your Free Ocean Wildlife Field Guide

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NOAA West Coast Large Whale Entanglement Response Program

Reducing the number of large whale entanglements and minimizing the likelihood of large whales becoming entangled in fishing gear promotes the conservation of healthy whale populations along the U.S. West Coast. Report Entangled Whales: NOAA WEST COAST LARGE WHALE ENTANGLEMENT RESPONSE (877) 767-9425 U.S. COAST GUARD: VHF Ch. 16


West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network To report a dead, injured, or stranded marine mammal  along the West Coast, please call: 1-866-767-6114.  

Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports by Species/Stock

NOAA Fisheries annually prepares marine mammal stock assessment reports for all marine mammals in U.S. waters.