2019 Draft Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports
NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of the draft 2019 marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs). The Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal SARs were reviewed in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NOAA Fisheries solicits public comments on the draft 2019 SARs. In addition to releasing draft 2019 Pacific SARs for public comment, NOAA Fisheries is also providing an opportunity to comment on the final 2018 Western North Pacific gray whale SAR previously published in the Federal Register on June 19, 2019 (84 FR 28489). NOAA Fisheries is also requesting new information for strategic stocks that were not updated in 2019.