July 10, 2024


The Marine Exchange of Puget Sound with the U.S. Coast Guard Release Comprehensive Cetacean Guide for Mariners


SEATTLE, July 10, 2024 – The Marine Exchange of Puget Sound (MXPS), in collaboration with the United States Coast Guard, is pleased to announce the release of the “Puget Sound Cetacean Guide for Mariners.”

Endorsed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (WSDFW), the guide provides essential information for mariners navigating the Puget Sound. It includes details on legal distance requirements, where to report sightings, protective measures to be aware of, and more.

The guide has compiled information and resources from critical organizations including the United States Coast Guard Cetacean Desk embedded within the Puget Sound Vessel Traffic Service,  the Whale Reporting Alert System/Whale Report App (WRAS) managed by Ocean Wise, Acartia.io data cooperative, NOAA, WSDFW, and the Port of Vancouver Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program.

“We hope that this guide can be a usable resource for those on the water encountering these animals and provide mariners the immediate information they need regarding the laws and conservation efforts in place for them.”, said Sara Zeman, a designer of the guide.

Physical copies of the guide will be available at maritime offices and events across the region. It can also be accessed digitally on the MXPS website (https://marexps.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/07/Puget-Sound-Cetacean-Guide-for-Mariners.pdf). For further information or to request copies, please contact the Marine Exchange of Puget Sound at info@marexps.com or 206-443-3830.


The Marine Exchange of Puget Sound (MXPS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the maritime transportation system safer and stronger in the region. Since 1980, MXPS has served as a vital resource for the maritime community, providing services such as vessel tracking technology, real-time data solutions, communications services, and collaborative initiatives.

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