Under a Formal Stranding Agreement from NMFS (for cetaceans) and the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) (for manatees), the TMMSN has
been responsible for all sample and data recovery for all marine
mammal strandings along the Texas coast since 1980. This constitutes
a huge volume of data that is accessible to any researcher, student,
or lay person upon request. The TMMSN has assisted many researchers
in the past and is currently assisting in a number of research
In addition, we regularly give numerous national and international presentations and have been instrumental in providing research materials and assistance for numerous scientific papers and additional presentations. We have also been invited to numerous countries to assist in developing new stranding networks and to give presentations, including Brazil, Japan, the Islands of the Bahamas, and Washington D.C.
The TMMSN maintains a database of pathology and necropsy reports of recovered animals.
The TMMSN has made numerous national and international presentations and has been instrumental in providing research materials and assistance for scientific papers and other presentations.
Since 1980, the TMMSN has compiled geographical and chronological data on all marine mammal species in TMMSN response areas.