[MARMAM] Marine Mammal Stranding Regulations ANPR- Comment Period Extended

Sarah Howlett Sarah.Howlett at noaa.gov
Fri Mar 28 12:05:24 PDT 2008


The public comment period for the NMFS Marine Mammal Stranding 
Regulations Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking has been extended 
until April 30, 2008.

Marine Mammal Stranding Regulations Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, NMFS, is considering proposing changes to its 
implementing regulations governing the taking of stranded marine mammals 
under section 109(h), section 112(c), and Title IV of the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act (MMPA). We have published an Advanced Notice of Proposed 
Rulemaking (ANPR) in the Federal Register and are soliciting review and 
comment to better inform the process.  The ANPR and MMPA implementing 
regulations (50 CFR part 216) can be found at 
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/mmpa_anpr.htm.

A final rule was published (39 FR 1852, January 15, 1974, as amended at 
56 FR 41307, August 20, 1991) establishing requirements for the taking 
of stranded marine mammals by State or local government officials in the 
course of their official duties.  This includes the taking of live 
marine mammals, salvaging marine mammal specimens from dead animals, and 
transferring marine mammal specimens within and outside of the U.S.  A 
final rule was published (61 FR 21933, May 10, 1996) establishing 
release requirements for rehabilitated marine mammals and procedures for 
the disposition of non-releasable rehabilitated marine mammals. 

The ANPR solicits general input from the public on how NMFS could 
streamline, clarify, or change the requirements and procedures for 
responding to stranded marine mammals and for determining the 
disposition of marine mammals, which includes procedures for the 
placement of non-releasable animals and for authorizing the retention of 
releasable rehabilitated marine mammals for scientific research, 
enhancement, or public display. The ANPR provides some recommendations 
for changes to the MMPA regulations but is not considered 
comprehensive.  The ANPR will be followed by a proposed rulemaking once 
comments are received and reviewed.

Please provide comments by the close of the comment period (April 30, 
2008). Comments may be submitted as follows:
.    By mail to:   Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division
                        Attn: Stranding Regulations ANPR
                        Office of Protected Resources, NMFS
                        1315 East-West Highway
                        Room 13635
                        Silver Spring, MD 20910
.    By facsimile at (301) 427-2522
.    Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov

For further information please contact Sarah Howlett 
(Sarah.Howlett at noaa.gov) or David Cottingham (David.Cottingham at noaa.gov) 
by email or at (301) 713-2322.

-- 
Sarah Howlett
Fishery Biologist

National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Protected Resources
1315 East-West Highway, Rm 3504
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Ph: (301) 713-2322 ext. 202
Fax: (301) 427-2522
Email: sarah.howlett at noaa.gov

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