1997 Memorandum of Agreement for Negotiation of Marine Mammal Protection Act Section 119 Agreements

August 01, 1997

Agreement between the U.S. Department of Commerce NOAA Fisheries, the U.S. Department of Interior Fish and Wildlife Service, the Biological Resources Division Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, and the Indigenous People's Council for Marine Mammals.

The purposes of this Memorandum of Agreement are to:

  1. Provide a foundation and direction for developing agreements as provided under Section 119 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act between Alaska Native Organizations, including but not limited to Alaska Native Tribes and tribally authorized comanagement bodies, Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and/or NOAA Fisheries. This Agreement is not intended to limit in any way Tribal governments, Tribal organizations, or Alaska Native Organizations including but not limited to Alaska Native Tribes and tribally authorized co-management bodies, from negotiating individual and specific details of their own agreements to conserve marine mammals and provide co-management of subsistence use.
  2. Promote the sustained health of marine mammal species.
  3. Provide a mechanism for the dispersal of funds to support efforts for the co-management of subsistence use of marine mammals in Alaska.
  4. The scope of this Agreement, as it pertains to Federal management and research activities of marine mammals in Alaska, is limited to only those activities that are specified in an individual agreement under Section 119.

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