About Us

Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to understanding more about marine mammal populations in the Salish Sea and passing on that knowledge through scientific publications and education.

Mission: To understand and protect harbor porpoises and harbor seals of the Salish Sea through innovative scientific research, engaging educational outreach, and hands-on learning opportunities.

Vision: We aim to provide information that is crucial to creating biologically meaningful conservation measures for marine mammals of the Salish Sea, and build a community that is engaged in protecting the marine world they depend on.

What We Do

We achieve our mission through studying free-ranging marine mammals in the Salish Sea to improve our understanding of their life history, behavior, social structure and ecology within a dynamic and changing environment.

Using traditional and innovative scientific techniques, we provide information critical for conservation measures and create public awareness through education. Our work currently focuses on long-term investigation and monitoring of harbor porpoise and harbor seal populations in the Salish Sea.

Through research and education, PacMam provides high quality research data to the scientific community and creates an empowered constituency that can make informed decisions about the marine world they depend on.

Where We Work

PacMam is located in Anacortes, WA on Fidalgo Island, about 1.5 hours north of Seattle and 2 hours south of Vancouver, BC.

PacMam’s research and education focuses on the Salish Sea, a unique body of water that includes all the inland waters from Olympia, Washington (U.S.A.) all the way up to Desolation Sound, B.C. (Canada). Our work is conducted within the traditional lands of the Samish Indian Nation past and present, and we acknowledge and honor with gratitude the land itself and the Samish Tribe.

Join Us!

Give Back

Help us continue our groundbreaking research and education in the Salish Sea! Every donation you give goes straight back into our projects and programs.

Report a Sighting

Report your harbor porpoise sightings from a boat, ferry, kayak, or wherever you are, directly on your phone. Help us learn about where harbor porpoises are travelling within the Salish Sea.


Help us conduct vital research on resident marine mammals, share your knowledge with community members at fun local events, and learn more about being a marine biologist.

Annual Reports

Our Annual Reports are available here:

PacMam Annual Report 2021

PacMam Annual Report 2020

PacMam Annual Report 2019

PacMam Annual Report 2018

PacMam Annual Report 2017

PacMam Annual Report 2016