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NMFS Seeks Comment on SARS Guidelines Revisions
On January 24, 2012, the U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published Federal Register notice that NMFS has drafted revisions to the Services' guidelines for preparing marine mammal stock assessment reports. Comments on these draft revisions must be received by NMFS by March 26, 2012.

SARs are required by Section 117 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which 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.

  • Click here to read NMFS' Federal Register notice about Stock Assessment Guidelines
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