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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.



Marine Mammal Commission Upcoming Annual Meeting - Washington, D.C, May 6-8, 2014 update

The Marine Mammal Commission will hold its 2014 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., May 6-8. Click here for the draft agenda. As additional information becomes available, a more detailed agenda will be posted on our website. The meeting will feature an opening session with leaders of major federal agencies, followed by sessions highlighting five general themes that reflect the Commission's Strategic Plan for 2015-19: The Changing Arctic; Offshore Energy Development; Marine Mammal Health and Stranding; Marine Mammal Bycatch in U.S. and Global Fisheries; and Issues Associated with Increasing Marine Mammal Populations. The first two days of the Annual Meeting will be held in a meeting hall near the Washington, D.C. Convention Center (details below). The third day of the Annual Meeting, May 8th, will be held on Capitol Hill, at the Capitol Visitor Center. As always, the Annual Meeting is open to all stakeholders and to the public. Please contact us at if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!

May 6-7

Fellowship Hall
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001

May 8

South Congressional Meeting Room
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20515

Strategic Plan 2015-19

The Marine Mammal Commission's Strategic Plan for 2015-19 has been finalized and is posted on the Commission website. The Commission is grateful for the many comments received on the draft document posted in late 2013, which resulted in considerable revisions to the Strategic Plan. While this plan is formally intended for 2015-2019, the Commission is already using it to guide activities in 2014. For example, our 2014 Annual Meeting (May 6-8 in Washington, D.C.), will be guided by this Strategic Plan, as will current and future High Priority Projects, and funding priorities for the Commission.

Funding Opportunities in Fiscal Year 2014

The Marine Mammal Commission carries out a small research program that supports projects aimed at meeting the conservation and protection goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Commission's research program includes all relevant activities including basic and applied research, workshops, literature reviews, compilations of expert opinion, and drafting manuscripts or reports. Between October 1st 2013 and March 3rd 2014 the Marine Mammal Commission will be accepting proposals. Please click here for further information.

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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