[MARMAM] NMFS solicits public comments on draft revisions to the Guidelines for Assessing Marine Mammal Stocks

Eric Patterson - NOAA Federal eric.patterson at noaa.gov
Wed Aug 24 08:48:46 PDT 2022

Dear Colleagues,

Today, NMFS announces
that we are soliciting public comments on draft revisions to the Guidelines
for Preparing Stock Assessment Reports Pursuant to the Marine Mammal
Protection Act (NMFS PD 02-204-01).

In 2020, NMFS initiated a review of its guidelines for preparing stock
assessment reports for marine mammals, with a focus on addressing several
topics previously identified, but not addressed in the final 2016
revisions. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the targeted nature of the
effort, an in-person workshop was not held as was typical in the past.
Instead, an internal working group reviewed the guidelines and developed
draft revisions related to 8 topics, as well as other minor revisions to
improve readability, formatting, and clarity, and ensure consistency with
ongoing efforts to revise NOAA Fisheries’ Serious Injury Procedural
Directive (NMFS PD 02-038-01).

We invite comment on the draft revisions for a 30-day public comment
period, through September 26, 2022. The draft revisions are available
through the Federal eRulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov.

*Eric M. Patterson, Ph.D.*

*Cetacean and Pinniped Conservation LeadMarine Mammal and Sea Turtle
Conservation DivisionOffice of Protected ResourcesNOAA FisheriesU.S.
Department of Commerce*

*301-427-8415 <301-427-8415>eric.patterson at noaa.gov
<eric.patterson at noaa.gov>https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/office-protected-resources
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