Friday, 19 April 2013 21:16
Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister regarding seismic surveys and Maui's dolphin
Rt. Hon. Mr John Key
Prime Minister of New Zealand
Hon. Mr. Nathan Guy
Minister for Primary Industries
Hon. Mr. Nick Smith
Minister of Conservation
17 April 2013
The Society for Marine Mammalogy is the World's largest professional group dedicated to the study of marine mammals, with a membership of approximately 2,000 scientists from 60 countries. Its goal is to facilitate the understanding and conservation of marine mammals and the ecosystems that support them.
I write to you as President of the Society concerning ongoing seismic surveys within the area of protection for Maui's dolphins Cephalorhynchus hectori maui. The most recent science indicates that only about 55 individuals of this subspecies remain and government agencies are currently considering protection measures to eliminate deaths in fisheries by removing gillnets and trawling from the protected area.
Sunday, 31 March 2013 15:28
Letter to General Director for Responsible Fishing, Mexico
March 4, 2013
Aldo Gerardo Padilla Pestano,
General Director and Coordinator of the Subcommittee for Responsible Fishing
Dear Dr. Pestano,
Thank you for your letter of 18th February describing the very significant actions being taken by the Mexican Government to conserve the Vaquita.
Members of the Society for Marine Mammalogy are delighted to hear of the statutory changes requiring the netting practices to catch shrimp species in waters under the jurisdiction of Mexico to be changed to reduce the incidental take of Vaquita.
Friday, 15 March 2013 13:50
Dr. Ian Stirling - 2013 Norris Award Winner
I have the great pleasure in congratulating Dr. Ian Stirling on being the 2013 winner of the Society's premier award, the Kenneth S. Norris Career Achievement Award, a fitting acknowledgement to his contribution to marine mammalogy.
The Society established the Kenneth S. Norris career achievement award in honour of the Society's founding president and one of the truly great figures from our past. The Norris award is an acknowledgement of your exemplary lifetime contribution to science and society through research, teaching, and service in marine mammalogy.
Sunday, 24 February 2013 22:35
Response to Presidential Letter Regarding Maui's Dolphin
We received an email response to our presidential letter regarding Maui's dolphin from New Zealand Prime Minister John Key.
From: J Key (MIN)
Sent: Wednesday, 20 February 2013 8:40 AM
To: Marsh, Helene
Subject: RE: letter from Society of Marine Mammalogy re Maui's dolphin
Dear Ms Marsh
On behalf of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, I acknowledge receipt of your recent email regarding Maui dolphins. Please be assured your comments have been noted.
I note you have also sent your correspondence to Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister of Conservation, and Hon Nathan Guy, Minister for Primary Industries, which is appropriate as the issue you have raised falls within their portfolio responsibilities.
Thank you for taking the time to write to the Prime Minister.
Executive Assistant | Office of the Prime Minister
Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand
Sunday, 24 February 2013 13:13
Letter to Maritime Authority of Panama Regarding Humpback Whales
February 10 2013
Autoridad Maritima de Panama
Direccion General Marina Mercante
Edificio PanCanal, Albrook
Ancon, Ciudad de Panama
To the Maritime Authority (A la Autoridad Marítima de Panamá):
The Society for Marine Mammalogy is the world's largest professional group dedicated to the study of marine mammals, with a membership of approximately 2,000 scientists from 60 countries. Its goal is to facilitate the understanding and conservation of marine mammals and the ecosystems that support them.
I write to you as President of the Society to endorse the Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) proposed by the Government of Panama and submitted to the Safety of Navigation Sub-Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for the purpose of reducing deaths of humpback whales from ship strikes.