Marine Mammal Commission

Website Policies

Government information presented on government websites is in the public domain. Public domain information from this website may be freely distributed and used for non-commercial, scientific and educational purposes. It is requested that in any subsequent use, the Marine Mammal Commission be given appropriate acknowledgement. Commercial use of the documents available from this server may be protected under the United States and Foreign Copyright Laws.

When using the Commission website, you may encounter documents, illustrations, photographs or other information resources contributed or licensed by private individuals, companies or organizations that may be protected by United States and foreign copyright laws. Transmission or reproduction of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use as defined in those copyright laws requires the written permission of the copyright owners. The Commission has made every attempt to provide credit to outside organizations or individuals who have provided images, illustrations, documents, or other information.

Images on our website which are in the public domain may be used without permission. If you use images from our website, we ask that you credit “Marine Mammal Commission” as the source. Please note that some images on our site may have been obtained from other organizations or individuals and are noted as such. Permission to use these images should be obtained directly from those organizations or individuals. More on photo credits.

Additionally, the Commission website contains links to many other websites. Once you access another website through a link that we provide, you are subject to the copyright and licensing restrictions of the new site.

Website Text

Most text on the Commission website was either prepared by employees of the United States Government as part of their official duties, and therefore not subject to copyright, or prepared under contracts or grants that gave the Commission the right to place the text into the public domain. The same is true of most publications available for downloading from this website. Unless otherwise stated on the document or publication, you may freely copy that material. The Commission requests that, when doing so, you include a “Courtesy: Marine Mammal Commission” notation.

If copyrighted text is included on a Commission Web page or in a publication posted on the Commission’s website, it will be specifically identified. Copyrighted material may not be utilized in whole or in part without the express written permission of the copyright holder. For information about copyright holders, how they can be contacted, and what, if any, use those owners allow of their material, please contact the point of contact listed on the publication or Web page. If no point of contact is identified, please send us an inquiry (

This site contains links to many websites created and maintained by other public agencies and/or private organizations. We provide these links as a service to our users. When users link to an outside website, they are leaving the Marine Mammal Commission site and are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the outside website(s). Additionally,

    • The Commission does not guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness or completeness of information contained on a linked website and does not exercise any control over the information you may find at these locations.
    • The Commission does not endorse the organizations sponsoring linked websites and does not endorse the views they express or the products/services they offer.
    • The Commission can not authorize the use of copyrighted materials contained in linked websites. Users must request such authorization from the sponsor of the linked website.
    • The Commission is not responsible for transmissions users receive from linked websites.
    • The Commission does not guarantee that outside websites comply with the requirements of Section 508 (Accessibility Requirements) of the Rehabilitation Act.

Portable Document Format (PDF)

Some documents are available on this website as downloadable files in Portable Document Format (PDF). These files can be viewed with a PDF reader. Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free. Please note that there are other PDF viewers that you can use instead.

Also note that download times of large PDF files will vary based on connection speed. Large PDFs may take from several seconds up to several minutes to download.

If you experience problems downloading or accessing PDFs on this website, please contact us at or (301) 504-0087.


The Marine Mammal Commission is committed to providing access to our Web pages for individuals with disabilities. Every attempt has been made to make this site compliant with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from a federal agency, have access to and use of information and data that are comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency providing that access. Section 508 also requires federal agencies to ensure that federal employees with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that are comparable to the access to and use of information and data by federal employees who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on the agency providing that access.

Please notify us of any specific accessibility problems that you encounter, or any suggestions you might have on how we could improve access to our website. Please e-mail these comments and suggestions to:

Privacy and Security Policy

Read our privacy and security policy to learn how we handle information that we learn about you from your visit to our website, and how we monitor network traffic to ensure website security.

Other Commission Policies

Read our Commission policies page to learn about other Commission policies, including our policies on scientific integrity, data quality and indirect costs.

Questions or comments about this website and/or our website policies should be directed to:

Phone: (301) 504-0087