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MMC Seeks Nominations for Committee of Scientific Advisors
On April 26, 2011, the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission published Federal Register notice soliciting nominations for potential members of the MMC's Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals.

Nominations for this solicitation should be received by May 23, 2011. Nominations also will be accepted at other times on an on-going basis.

The MMC is assisted in its duties by the Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals. The Committee consists of nine members, appointed by the Chairman of the Commission. As a general rule, Committee members are appointed for three-year terms, which may be extended as necessary, but vacancies do not occur on a regularly scheduled basis. To assist the Commission in identifying qualified candidates for appointment to the Committee if and when vacancies occur, the Commission is soliciting nominations from the public.

Nominations should include a brief statement of the nominee's qualifications and should include a copy of the nominee's curriculum vitae. Self-nominations are acceptable.

In selecting individuals to serve on the Committee, the Commission seeks to ensure that the Committee membership as a whole possesses a high level of expertise with respect to scientific disciplines, marine mammal species, and geographic areas of importance to the Commission's responsibilities. In particular, the Commission requires a high level of knowledge with respect to the biology and ecology of certain marine mammal species that, due to their small population levels and/or threats they face, require special attention. These include, but are not limited to, the West Indian manatee, the right whale and other species of large whales, the vaquita, sea otters, the Cook Inlet stock of beluga whales, the polar bear, and the Hawaiian monk seal.

A listing of the current members of the Committee is available on the Commission's Web site at

  • Click here to read MMC's Federal Register notice soliciting nominations
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