The Marine Mammal Commission held its annual meeting and addressed a wide range of challenges.
Of particular interest was a presentation by Mr. Don Schregardus, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy- Environment who presented the Navy views on the Marine Mammal Protection Act. His conclusions included the following:
“Length of time necessary to obtain authorizations (>5 yrs) threatens mission critical training.
Current process is costly ($500M+ over ten yrs), manpower intensive, lengthy (4-6 yrs for each range) and unending (MMPA limits LOA to 5 years maximum).”
Hopefully the Commission will address some of these observations during the next year and report on them at the next meeting.