[MARMAM] SMM WORKSHOP: U.S. Marine Mammal Research Permitting

Amy Sloan - NOAA Federal amy.sloan at noaa.gov
Thu Jul 13 14:03:42 PDT 2017


We would like to announce a half-day workshop on Saturday, October 28,
2017, from 8 am -noon titled: "U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act and
Endangered Species Act research permitting."

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service (FWS) oversee issuance of permits for take, import, and export of
marine mammals under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Endangered
Species Act (ESA), and Convention on International Trade in Endangered
Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES; FWS only). NMFS has jurisdiction
over cetaceans and pinnipeds, except walrus.  FWS has jurisdiction over
dugong, manatees, polar bears, sea otters, marine otter, and walrus. The
Marine Mammal Commission (the Commission) provides independent oversight of
the MMPA permitting programs.



Each agency will provide an overview of their program for processing
scientific research and other permits including how to submit a complete
application, review of applications by the agencies (including ESA and
other consultations) and the Commission, and important updates for permit
holders and applicants. Updates include changes underway to streamline
permitting (e.g., updated application instructions, development of
standardized research methods, and programmatic ESA consultations).


The first half of the workshop will be dedicated to NMFS permits and the
second half to FWS permits including CITES. Representatives from each
agency will be available for questions.

Please register via the conference website:
http://www.smmconference.org/WorkshopDescriptions

We hope you will join us,

Amy Sloan (NMFS), Mary Cogliano (FWS), and Tiffini Brookens (the Commission)


Amy Sloan
Deputy Chief
/ Research Permit Program Lead
Permits and Conservation Division, F/PR1
NMFS Office of Protected Resources
1315 East-West Hwy, SSMC3 Rm 13824
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Email: Amy.Sloan at noaa.gov
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