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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.



Action on Vaquita
C. Faesi/Proyecto Vaquita via AP (credit)

Dec 2014: Washington Post story highlights the need to act immediately to save the vaquita from extinction.

The tiny vaquita porpoise of the Gulf of California, Mexico, is the world's most endangered cetacean species. The International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita (CIRVA) has just released a report indicating that the vaquita's decline toward extinction has accelerated - there may now be fewer than 100 left. Click here to access the CIRVA report. The report calls upon the Government of Mexico to take immediate action to eliminate gillnets from the entire range of the vaquita and to accompany this measure with strong fisheries enforcement action. Click here for more information. The Marine Mammal Commission supported the participation of international experts in the meeting and continues to do all it can to assist Mexico in its efforts to ensure the survival of the vaquita.

2015 Annual Marine Mammal Commission Meeting

Where: Francis Marion Hotel, Charleston, SC
When: May 5-7, 2015

The Marine Mammal Commission plans to hold its next annual meeting May 5-7, 2015 in Charleston, SC. At this meeting the Commission would engage other federal agencies, stakeholders, and interested members of the public in reviewing and discussing the science, policy, and management issues related to the Commission's mission to conserve marine mammals and the ecosystems of which they depend. Updated information will be posted as planning progresses.

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