Harbor Porpoise

Photo Credit: Craig Hayslip, OSU Marine Mammal Institute


  • Species Common Name Harbor Porpoise
  • Species Scientific Name Phocoena phocoena


Special needs

This acoustically-oriented species is highly sensitive to noise disturbance.

Limiting factors

Harbor porpoises have low productivity and are sensitive to anthropogenic noise.

Conservation actions

Ensure adequate prey base through coastal fish resource conservation. Observe federal Marine Mammal Protection Act protections. Monitor and minimize impacts from ocean energy development.

Key reference or plan

Marine Mammal Protection Act

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