Contact TheIPD.US




Regulatory Actions
View Public Comments
Submit Comments

NMFS ITA for Gulf of Mexico
NMFS Acoustic Guidelines
NMFS IHA for Scripps

Science
  Best Available Science on Acoustic Effects on Marine Mammals
  Seismic vs. Sonar
  Physical Effects
 Behavioral Effects
  Models
  Sound Propagation
  Mitigation
 Extrapolation From Terrestrial Mammal Acoustic Effects to Marine Mammals
  Cumulative and Synergistic Effects
 Indirect Effects

  NMFS
 MMS
 MMC
 NAS
  US Navy
 Sperm Whale Seismic Study
 ICES
 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Institute
 NRDC
 ACCOBAMS
 The Acoustic Ecology Institute
 ASCOBANS
 Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 Sakhalin Energy Investment Company Limited

Library
  Statutes
 Regulations
 Relevant NMFS Permits
 Major Studies and Reports

Comment on IPD
  Potential Research Projects
  Research Underway
  Structure of the IPD

CRE Interventions
  Agency Administrative Actions
  Rulemaking
  Litigation



















 

Soundings Archive

Are Marine Mammals Causing Diminished Fish Stocks?
Global fish stocks are diminishing. Over fishing by humans is usually blamed for the decline. Jim Beers, a former US Fish and Wildlife Service biologist, has a different opinion. According to Mr. Beers, marine mammals have increased in number as a result of their protected status. They are now so numerous that they are depleting fish and plankton stocks. Mr. Beers explains his concern over the increasing numbers of marine mammals in an interview contained in Sustainable eNews, an online publication of the IWMC World Conservation Trust. Mr. Beers blames much of this problem on overly protective laws like the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act, and on the International Whaling Commission's refusal to approve commercial whaling.

This issue of Sustainable eNews also contains interesting articles on Iceland's decision to resume commercial whaling, and on the IWC's review of aboriginal Alaskan bowhead whales.

  • Click here to read Sustainable eNews

  •  
    Copyright 2005 The Center for Regulatory Effectiveness.
    All rights reserved.