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All whales, dolphins, and porpoises in the northeast region are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and most large whales in the area are further protected under the Endangered Species Act. Under these laws, it is illegal to “harass, hunt, capture, or kill” any marine mammal. Prohibited conduct includes any “negligent or intentional act which results in the disturbing or molesting of marine mammals.” Violations of these laws may result in fines of up to $50,000, imprisonment, and/or seizure of one’s vessel.

Enforcement Officer With Whale
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