Marine Mammals Management
Marking, Tagging & Reporting Program
The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 allows Alaska Natives to harvest
marine mammals for subsistence uses.
Mammal Protection Act (pdf) requires that all sea otter and polar bear
hides and skulls, and all walrus tusks be tagged by a representative
of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This program is implemented
through resident MTRP taggers located in coastal villages and communities
To find out how to contact taggers, call Brad Benter or Forrest Hannan
at 1-907-786-3980 or 1-907-786-3551.
There are more than 150 taggers located in about 100 villages. The information
collected by the MTRP will help ensure the long-term survival of these
species by monitoring the Native harvest and controlling the illegal
take, trade, and transport of marine mammal parts.
MTRP personnel are also active in the Walrus Harvest Monitoring Program
(WHMP). In this program, USFWS representatives monitor the annual spring
walrus hunt in several Alaskan villages. The representatives record
information on the animals taken in the hunt, collect biological samples
and assist in tagging the ivory of the harvested walruses.
Annual reports from the WHMP are available by contacting the Marine
Mammals office at 1-907-786-3819 or 1-800-362-5148.
Last updated: September 13, 2013