[MARMAM] NOAA Fisheries releasable rehabilitated marine mammal draft procedural directive, open for comment until 12/15/17

Jonathan Shannon - NOAA Federal jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
Wed Nov 15 13:43:18 PST 2017


NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments through December 15, 2017
on a draft procedural directive that would require applicants who want to
obtain a *releasable* rehabilitated marine mammal for public display
purposes to first apply for a permit to take (*i.e.,* collect) animals from
the wild under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. In the event NMFS would
decide to grant such a permit, the NMFS OPR Director may then, at his or
her discretion, require that a releasable rehabilitated marine mammal be
substituted for capturing an animal from the wild, in accordance with 50
CFR 216.27.

The draft procedural directive is available on our NOAA Fisheries website

Comments can be submitted two ways through December 15, 2017:

1)      Through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov/#!
2)   By mail - Send comments to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle
Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine
Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226,
Attn: Releasable Rehabilitated Marine Mammal Procedural Directive.

Thank you,

Jonathan Shannon
*Outreach Specialist*
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
U.S. Department of Commerce
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
o: 301.427.8431

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