[MARMAM] Dolphin deadline' left out of Young's MMPA bill

Griffin, Elizabeth EGriffin at oceana.org
Wed Feb 21 11:20:58 PST 2007


 
The 1,900 number was not properly used in the article below.  What it should have said is that if the zero mortality rate goal (ZMRG or "Dolphin Deadline") was met, then approximately 1900 marine mammals would be saved each year.  Please remember that reaching ZMRG would not be reducing takes to zero, it would be reducing takes to 10% of PBR. 
 
Using the numbers from the most recent NMFS marine mammal stock assessments available at the time the our report was produced,  the total number of takes in commercial fisheries was 4,673 marine mammals/year. This is an underestimate because of lack of bycatch data in so many fisheries.   
 
If you would like to read a copy of our full report, it can be found at:
 
http://www.oceana.org/fileadmin/oceana/uploads/dirty_fishing/Reports/PointlessPeril_FINALspreads.pdf
 
Thank you,
Elizabeth
 
 


Elizabeth Griffin| Marine Wildlife Scientist

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Subject: [MARMAM] Dolphin deadline' left out of Young's MMPA bill



Doesn't 1,900 marine mammals a year seem like a significant underestimate of bycatch?  Andy Read and co-authors estimated 6215 +/- 448 annually in the US from 1990-1999.



Environment & Energy Daily 

February 16, 2007 

OCEANS: 'Dolphin deadline' left out of Young's MMPA bill 

Allison Winter 

House Natural Resources Committee ranking member Don Young (R-Alaska) took the cover off a bill yesterday that would reauthorize the Marine Mammal Protection Act minus a "dolphin deadline" provision that environmentalists claim is vital to protecting marine life.

Young's bill, H.R. 1007, would remove a federal restriction in the current bill meant to reduce commercial fishers' accidental catch.

"The Marine Mammal Protection Act has been very successful in protecting and recovering marine mammals. However, it has been very onerous on commercial fishermen," Young said in a statement, adding that his legislation would "bring balance" to the act.

The underlying act prohibits the killing of whales, dolphins and other marine mammals and has been a vital tool for environmentalists' legal efforts to protect whales from sonar and marine mammals from fishing interactions.

The "dolphin deadline" requires fisheries managers to reduce the bycatch of marine mammals to 
"insignificant levels approaching a zero mortality and serious injury rate." 

Environmentalists say it vital to protect dolphins and whales from commercial fishing operations, which accidentally kill approximately 1,900 marine mammals a year, according to Oceana's assessment of government numbers

Young said his proposal would continue many protections for the species. It would still require commercial fishers to report all accidental kills of marine mammals and require federal officials to develop plans to reduce mortality and injury in fisheries.

Efforts by House Republicans last year to move MMPA reauthorization without the dolphin deadline fell flat. Oceana and other environmental groups launched a campaign against the proposal, and the House Resources Committee restored the dolphin deadline before bringing the bill to the floor.

That measure <http://www.eenews.net/features/bills/109/House/170706153250.pdf>  unanimously passed the House under suspension of the rules, but the Senate never took it up. 





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