Marine Mammal Conservation

John R. Twiss, Robert J. Hofman and John E. Reynolds III

in Foundations of Environmental Sustainability

Published in print June 2008 | ISBN: 9780195309454
Published online September 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780199871261 | DOI:
 							Marine Mammal Conservation

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This chapter focuses on the US Marine Mammal Commission, the principles of marine mammal management and conservation associated with it, and the status and conservation issues involved with varying groups of marine mammals. It shows that much of the past several decades' history of marine mammal conservation is reflected in the background, content, and implementation of, and changes to, the US Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). Key provisions of the MMPA are described, including the functions and composition of the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors, both of which the act established. How the optimum sustainable population determinations evolved, and the development of the ecosystem approach to marine conservation are discussed.

Keywords: mammal management; conservation; marine mammals; US Marine Mammal Protection Act; MPA; Marine Mammal Commission

Chapter.  14784 words. 

Subjects: Animal Pathology and Diseases

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