Proposed Policies and Procedures for the National Inventory of Marine Mammals
The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires NOAA Fisheries to establish and maintain an inventory of marine mammals in zoos and aquariums (including cetaceans and pinnipeds, excluding walrus).
The NOAA Fisheries, Office of Protected Resources is seeking public comment on proposed policies and procedures for the maintenance of data and administration of our current database, the National Inventory of Marine Mammals (NIMM). Specifically, we seek comments on the maintenance of historical information, reporting births and stillbirths, reporting cause of death, and other administrative procedures for NIMM.
NOAA Fisheries has extended the public comment period through July 31, 2019. Comments must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2019, to be considered. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods:
- Electronically via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at www.regulations.gov and entering NOAA-NMFS-2019-0012 in the keyword search;
- Mail addressed to the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; ATTN: Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division; or
- Faxed to (301) 713-0376; ATTN: Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources.
Please refer to the notice for additional instructions to submit public comments including notes on privacy and acceptable attachment formats.