NMFS Seeks Comment on Draft 2010 Marine Mammal SARs
On 4, 2010, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published Federal Register notice seeking public comment on draft Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports. These SAR are developed by NMFS in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comments must be received by NMFS on or before November 2, 2010.
Section 117 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, requires NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to prepare stock assessments for each stock of marine mammals occurring in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States. These reports must contain information regarding the distribution and abundance of the stock, population growth rates and trends, estimates of annual human-caused mortality and serious injury from all sources, descriptions of the fisheries with which the stock interacts, and the status of the stock.
The MMPA requires NMFS and FWS to review the SARs at least annually for strategic stocks and stocks for which significant new information is available, and at least once every 3 years for non-strategic stocks. NMFS and the FWS are required to revise a SAR if the status of the
stock has changed or can be more accurately determined.
NMFS, in conjunction with the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific Scientific Review Groups, reviewed the status of marine mammal stocks as required and revised reports in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions to incorporate new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2010 SARs.
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