Pack of sea lions in the ater and on land. Credit: Kevin Bell

Credit: Kevin Bell

Marine mammals are charismatic and iconic animals, particularly in the Arctic region, where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leads cooperative programs for wildlife conservation in partnership with Russia's Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment.

The bilateral cooperation between the U.S. and Russia supports a wide range of animals from native waterfowl to shared marine life. Marine mammals, particularly polar bears, walrus, and sea otters, are a major focus of this cooperation, conducted through the USFWS - Russia program, and the Service's Alaska Marine Mammals Management Office.

Note: U.S.-Russia cooperation in the management of polar bears is conducted under a separate mechanism. For more information visit the Alaska Marine Mammals Management Office.