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.


Conservation and protection of the marine environment is dependent upon quality scientific research. In today’s constantly changing environment, it is vital to collect long-term data on marine mammals that will provide invaluable information on their populations, inform conservation measures, and help monitor human impact on their environment. PacMam strives to collect this information on a variety of marine mammal species in the Salish Sea using both traditional and innovative techniques, contribute to the scientific literature and create public awareness through education about marine mammals and their environment. Through research and education PacMam seeks to provide quality research data to the scientific community and create 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.

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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!