MMPA List of Fisheries for 2020
NOAA Fisheries publishes its List of Fisheries for 2020, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The List of Fisheries for 2020 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NOAA Fisheries must classify each commercial fishery on the List of Fisheries into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the List of Fisheries determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.