Environmental Assessment Co-Management Agreement Between the National Marine Fisheries Service and the Cook Inlet Marine Mammal Council for the Year 2005

September 08, 2005

NOAA Fisheries is entering into an agreement with the Cook Inlet Marine Mammal Council for the cooperative management of the Cook Inlet beluga whales under section 119 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as amended and Public Law 106-553 for the year 2005.

The management agreement specifies the conditions under which a subsistence harvest on CI beluga whales could be undertaken during the year 2005 The agreement specifies a harvest level of up to two whale strikes. Federal authority to enter into the co-management agreement for the year 2005 derives from Public Law 106-553, which prohibits the hunting of CI beluga whales except pursuant to a cooperative agreement between NOAA Fisheries and Alaska Native Organizations and section 199 of the MMPA , which allows the secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with ANOs to conserve marine mammals and provide co-management of subsistence use by Alaska Natives. 

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 12/05/2018

Co-Management Cook Inlet Beluga Whale