Presidential Letters

The Society for Marine Mammalogy uses the Presidential Letter process as a mechanism whereby the Society may respond to issues of concern in a timely fashion. The SMM Conservation Committee monitors important marine mammal issues via input from the SMM Board of Governors and the SMM membership.

At the request of the Board of Governors, the Committee will research an issue of concern and develop a position. Based on the consensus view of the Committee, the Chair will draft a letter for signature by the President on behalf of the Society. Such letters and appropriate background and responses are published on the Society’s website.

August 9, 2019

Presidential Letter Concerning Conservation of North Atlantic Right Whales

The following Presidential Letter concerning the conservation of North Atlantic right whales was sent to The Hon. Tim Gallaudet, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Deputy NOAA Administrator; the Hon. Neil Jacobs, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Environmental Observation and Prediction, performing the duties of Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and […]

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June 27, 2019

Presidential Letter Concerning the Vaquita and Gulf of California World Heritage Site

On 27 June 2019, the following Presidential Letter was sent to Dr. Mechtild Rössler, Director of the World Heritage Center in support of recommending the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California to be inscribed on the list of World Heritage Sites in danger. View the Vaquita and Gulf of California World Heritage […]

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November 6, 2018

Presidential Letter to Minister Han concerning recent removals of Critically Endangered Yangtze River finless porpoises for public display

This Presidential letter was sent to the Minister Han expressing concern over recent removals of Critically Endangered Yangtze River finless porpoises for public display.   Dear Minister Han, I am writing to express concern about recent removals of Critically Endangered Yangtze River finless porpoises for public display. China has made an important contribution to conservation […]

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October 4, 2018

Response to Dr. Taylor’s letter regarding Hector’s Dolphins

Dr. Taylor received a reply to her letter regarding Hector’s Dolphins on October 24, 2018. Read the response sent by Drs. Butcher and Anderson here.

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August 28, 2018

Dr. Taylor Letter Sent to New Zealand Directors Regarding Hector’s Dolphins

27 August, 2018 Dr. Lian Butcher Director Aquatic at Department of Conservation Dr. Stuart Anderson Director Fisheries Management, Fisheries New Zealand Dear Drs. Butcher and Anderson: I recently participated as an independent panelist to provide suggestions on the Threat Management Plan for Hector’s and Maui dolphins, which is in the late stages of development. To […]

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