Marine Wildlife Research and Monitoring

Six people use binoculars or telescopes to look off the bow of a boat at something in the water.
Photo: NOAA

Over the years, marine wildlife research at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary has included projects to assess and monitor a variety of species, such as sea stars, sea otters, salmon, seabirds and cetaceans. Whether led by sanctuary staff or partners, projects that characterize the abundance, distribution, and condition of marine wildlife are central to sanctuary science and research programs and help inform management and conservation efforts.

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