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Welcome to the Marine Mammal Commission

The Commission was created under Title II of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, which took effect on 21 December of that year. The Commission's primary focus and duties are the protection and conservation of marine mammals.

This site provides a single point of information on the activities, programs, and publications of the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals, and conveys other relevant information on the conservation and protection of marine mammals and their ecosystems.



Daniel Goodman Memorial Symposium

Montana State University has announced the Daniel Goodman Memorial Symposium to be held March 20-21, 2014 in Bozeman, MT. The theme of the symposium is Decision-Making under Uncertainty: Risk Assessment and the Best Available Science. The purpose of the symposium is to honor Dr. Daniel Goodman who died unexpectedly in November 2012.

The symposium will be organized around the broad topics that Dr. Goodman worked on during his prolific career: marine mammals, salmon and freshwater fisheries, marine fisheries, ecosystem modeling, Bayesian statistics, ecological decision-making and risk assessment, Endangered Species Act policy, and hazardous materials and environmental monitoring. More information is available at http://www.montana.edu/lettersandscience/Goodman/.

2014 Marine Mammal Commission Annual Meeting

SAVE THE DATE: The Marine Mammal Commission announces its plans to hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., 6-8 May. While the agenda has not been set, the Commission plans to use the opportunity to focus on national-level marine mammal issues with our federal partners as well as with some of our key constituents-NGOs, ocean-related industries, and others. The first two days will be held at a venue in downtown Washington and the third day will be held on Capitol Hill at the Capitol Visitor's Center. Updates will be posted on the Commission's website as further information becomes available on the location, agenda, and other details.

Commission Annual Report to Congress

The Commission's latest Annual Report to Congress for 2010-2011 is now available. Please click here to view the report.

Commission Report on 2009 Federal Funding Survey

The Commission's latest report for its Survey of Federally-funded Marine Mammal Research and Conservation for Fiscal Year 2009 is now available. Please click here to view the report.

National Research and Conservation Priorities

The Marine Mammal Commission is holding a series of meetings with officials from the National Marine Fisheries Service in each of the Service's six regions. The purpose of each meeting will be to identify high priority marine mammal research and management needs in each region. The Commission will use that information to help it develop a set of national priorities for guiding federal research and conservation efforts for marine mammals. To date, the Commission has met in open session with the National Marine Fisheries Service's Northeast (7 August 2012), Southeast (25 January 2013), Southwest (29 January 2013), Northwest (12 March 2013), and Pacific Islands (26 March 2013) Regions. The Commission also met in open session with the Service's headquarters office on 12 April 2013.


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