Marine Mammal Care

Conservation and Research

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Making a positive impact on our ocean and inspiring others to do the same.

Conservation

We actively seek out strategic partnerships to expand awareness for the work we do.  One example is our participation as one of the primary care facilities in the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN), which consists of 36 other wildlife rehabilitation organizations working under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response.  In the event of an oil spill, MMCC will stabilize, wash, and care for affected marine mammals.

We also partner with many local ocean conservation organizations such as Altasea, Oceana, The Sea Change Agency, Cabrillo Aquarium, the six other marine mammal care centers serving the California coastline, and many others to promote awareness about our fragile and critical ocean ecosystem.

Research

As a partner in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Stranding Network (a network of over 100 organizations throughout the United States that partner with NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries to respond to and investigate marine mammal strandings), we regularly contribute to the scientific understanding of the animal populations we treat by tracking population trends, evolving treatment protocols and standards, and developing best practices to deliver outstanding care to animals in need. We also collaborate with well-regarded scientists from around the country to conduct non-invasive research on our patient population and expand our knowledge base.

Beach cleanups

Our amazing volunteer team participates in a monthly beach clean up at our local San Pedro beaches to pick up trash like plastic, styrofoam, and straws. Beach cleanup projects are a safe way to restore oceans and clear debris from beaches. They also help clear a direct runway for our patients to be released on.

If you would like to join us on a beach clean up or organize a clean up for a group, contact – kwong@marinemammalcare.org

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