[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
<https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/revisions-guidelines-preparing-stock-assessment-reports-marine-mammals>
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.

Cheers,
*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
<https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/about/office-protected-resources>*
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