Collecting Dead Marine Mammal Parts While Beachcombing

Collecting Dead Marine Mammal Parts While Beachcombing

Gay Sheffield

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Have you come across dead mammal bones and wondered if you could take them home? This publication answers frequently asked questions by the public about marine mammal remains found on Alaska beaches. The Endangered Species Act restricts rights to collecting marine mammal parts including teeth, bones, ivory, and baleen. The printable PDF clarifies the law that varies in application depending on Native and non-Native Alaskan status, mammal species, and geographic location.

The bulletin is funded by the US Marine Mammal Commission.

The most current edition of the bulletin is dated June 21, 2018, updating the ringed seal status to "threatened."

Read more in a blog about the beachcombing publication.

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