[MARMAM] NOAA Fisheries final rule implementing import provisions of the MMPA (for fisheries products)

Jonathan Shannon - NOAA Federal jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
Thu Aug 11 10:50:29 PDT 2016

Greetings MARMAM,

Today, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule implementing import provisions
of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (

The United States is a global leader in marine mammal conservation and
sustainable fisheries, with U.S. fisheries abiding by some of the world’s
most robust conservation practices, including measures to reduce marine
mammal bycatch—a global threat to many populations of marine mammals.

This rule implements aspects of the Marine Mammal Protection Act that aim
to reduce marine mammal bycatch associated with international commercial
fishing operations, by requiring nations exporting fish and fish products
to the United States to be held to the same standards as U.S. commercial
fishing operations.

The rule also establishes the criteria for evaluating a harvesting nation’s
regulatory program for reducing marine mammal bycatch and the procedures
required to receive authorization to import fish and fish products into the
United States. To ensure effective implementation, the rule establishes a 5
year exemption period to allow foreign harvesting nations time to develop,
as appropriate, regulatory programs comparable in effectiveness to U.S.

This rule marks a significant step forward in the global conservation of
marine mammals and expanding international collaboration for best

We have scheduled a series of public webinar meetings to engage with
interested stakeholders about this rule, and its implications. Details will
be posted at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ia/.

We look forward to your engagement and contributions to this important
process and your continued support of marine mammal conservation and
sustainable fisheries.


Jonathan Shannon
*Outreach Specialist*
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office: 301-427-8431
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov

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Department of Commerce, or the government of the United States.*
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