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 28, 2018

Presidential Letter in Support of Dr. Taylor’s Letter Regarding Hector’s Dolphins

Society President, D. Ann Pabst, wrote to express support for a letter from Dr. Barbara Taylor, Chair of the Conservation Committee, addressed to Dr. Lian Butcher,  New Zealand’s Director Aquatic at Department of Conservation and Dr. Stuart Anderson, Director of Fisheries Management, Fisheries New Zealand. The letter suggested adopting a scientific team approach to conservation of Hector’s and Maui […]

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February 24, 2018

Marine Mammal Commission Proposed Budget Cuts for 2019

Dear Senators and Representatives, In June 2017 the Society for Marine Mammalogy wrote to you because President Trump’s proposed 2018 budget would have eliminated the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission. Congress prevented that outcome and the Society gratefully acknowledges your support for the Commission. Last week we learned that the President’s proposed 2019 budget also takes […]

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June 13, 2017

Letter to Members of the United States Congress regarding the Marine Mammal Commission

On 13 June 2017, a Society Presidential Letter was sent to members of the Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Subcommittees of the Appropriation Committees of the United States Congress.  The letter stated our Society’s support for the US Marine Mammal Commission, recently targeted for elimination from the US federal budget. The Marine Mammal Commission is […]

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May 24, 2016

Review on Proposed Dredging Project off Pacific Coast of Baja, Mexico

The Society was asked by the Government of Mexico (SEMARNAT and International Affairs) to review an impact statement on a proposed dredging project for phosphatic black sands off the Pacific coast of Baja. We accepted this request and referred the review to the Chairs of our Committee of Scientific Advisers (Doug Wartzok) and Conservation Committee […]

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May 19, 2016

Presidential Letter to India on Ganges River Dolphins and Waterways Development Program

This Presidential letter was sent to the Government of India expressing concern over a Bill creating a new waterways development program. Natchiket Kelkar alerted the Society for Marine Mammalogy to the potential danger of this project for Ganges River Dolphins. Our letter expresses the SMM’s concern for the survival of the Ganges River Dolphin. The […]

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