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.


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

What We Do

Pacific Mammal Research (PacMam) is a scientific research organization that studies 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’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). The area considered part of the Salish Sea is marked on the map below by a brown line.

PacMam is located in Anacortes, WA, on Fidalgo Island. We are situated about 1.5-hours North of Seattle and 2-hours South of Vancouver, BC.

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.

Find Out More

PacMam Donor Brochure

Want to find out more about PacMam and our work?  Download the PacMam Donot Brochure above to learn more about our various programs and how you can help!