Marine Mammal Commission Upcoming Annual Meeting - Washington, D.C, May 6-8, 2014
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 MMC_Admin@mmc.gov if you have any questions. We look forward to your participation!
Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20001
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.
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
National Research and
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.