Marine Life Protection


The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the lead federal agency that enforces the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act, advises that it is each individual's responsibility to help ensure the safety and protection of local marine life.

Anyone who observes a marine animal that appears to be in danger due to distress or abuse should report the issue to the NOAA Hotline at 800-853-1964.

NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service, stationed out of Long Beach, states that some issues NOAA would enforce or investigate in the Malibu area include shooting of sea lions, harassment of whales and dolphins, and issues in streams that are inhabited by federally protected Steelhead Trout.

Reporting Stranded / Beached / Dead Marine Animals

Beaches in Malibu are owned and managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors (, or California State Parks (

It is not uncommon for dead or distressed marine life, including whales, dolphins, turtles, seals, or sea lions, to wash up on local shorelines. If found, do not approach or touch the animal. Contact NOAA's Marine Mammal Stranding Network West Coast Region hotline at 866-767-6114 for assistance or further instructions.

Removal or disposal of all of dead seals or sea lions is the responsibility of the finder, but it must be reported to NOAA before disposing. Call 562-980-4017 for instructions. In Malibu, the Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) may provide assistance (for a fee) with disposal and NOAA reporting. Contact MCLE at 310-317-4717.