History of NMMC
The NMMC was founded in 1984 by our Medical Director, Dr. Dennis Wood. Â In 1989 the Center received a grant from oil spill mitigation funds to promote construction of our current hospital and rehabilitation facility. Â The California Conservation Corps completed construction in 1992 and our facility includes a medical treatment room, harbor seal pup room, kitchen for food preparation, administration office, gift shop/information center, and nine outside pens for housing animals.
On an average year, the NMMC responds to several hundred reports of distressed animals along 200 miles of rugged, remote coastline. Â Typically, we admit between 30-60 animals to the Center annually.
We rely strongly on dedicated and caring volunteers to conduct all rescue activities, day-to-day animal care, and operate the gift shop. Â We also rely largely on revenue obtained through donations, membership, and gift shop sales to care for our patients here at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center. Â Please consider purchasing a Meals-For-Seals certificate for $10, which will pay for one animalâ€™s feed and medications for a day.