What the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act Means to Us
On the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NOAA Fisheries staff reflect on 50 years of marine mammal conservation accomplishments and look forward.
This year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This groundbreaking legislation established protections that have stopped the decline of many marine mammal populations and have led to the recovery of several.
On the anniversary, we acknowledge and applaud the efforts of so many NOAA Fisheries employees and partners who have worked tirelessly to achieve the goals set out by the MMPA.
While great strides have been made in protecting marine mammals, the MMPA remains as important as ever. Many marine mammals are threatened by habitat loss, climate change, human activities, and other pressures. We will continue to use the best scientific information available to ensure marine mammals are healthy and functioning elements of our ocean’s ecosystems.
Check out our page dedicated to the 50th Anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as well as this collection of tile images with messages from NOAA Fisheries staff about what the MMPA means to them.