Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region


Walrus and the Endangered Species Act

Endangered Species Act Finding (October 4, 2017)
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service determined that the Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) does not warrant listing as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The determination followed a comprehensive review and analysis of the best available scientific information. Though the Pacific walrus will not receive protection under the ESA, it continues to be protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which affords similar protections as those provided under the ESA.

  1. News Release
  2. Species Status Assessment 
  3. Questions and Answers
  4. Finding
  5. Pacific Walrus Photos

On February 8, 2008, the Service was petitioned to list the Pacific walrus as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act and to designate critical habitat. In 2011, the Service found that the Pacific walrus was warranted for listing, but precluded by higher priority actions, and added it to the candidate species list. The not warranted finding made on October 4, 2017 is the final action regarding this petition.

Learn more about the life history, value to subsistence communities and conservation efforts associated with Pacific walruses.

For additional federal register documents related to Pacific walrus, visit the Service’s Environmental Conservation Online System Pacific walrus page.


Last updated: October 2017