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.

December 18, 2012

Letter to President Nieto Regarding the Vaquita

18 December, 2012 Sr. Enrique Peña Nieto Presidente Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Presidencia de la República, Residencia Oficial de los Pinos Co. San Miguel Chapultepec 11850 México, D.F. México Dear Mr. President, The Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM), the European Cetacean Society (ECS) and the Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) would like to […]

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November 5, 2012

Letter to Myanmar Officials Regarding Irrawaddy Dolphins

Mr Thein Sein President of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar President Office Office 18 Nay Pyi daw, Myanmar Mr. U Ohn Myint, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Mr. U Khin Maung Aye, Deputy Minister of Livestock and Fisheries Mr U Khin Ko Lay, Director General of Livestock and Fisheries Minister Office Ministry of […]

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May 29, 2012

Letter to Japanese Government Regarding Dolphin and Small Whale Hunts

Prime Minister of Japan Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda 1-6-1 Nagata-cho Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8968 JAPAN Director General of Fisheries Agency Masanori Sato Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8950 JAPAN Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Michihiko Kano Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. 100-8950 JAPAN Embassy of […]

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February 27, 2012

Irrawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River of Cambodia

H. E Nao Thuok Director General of Fisheries Administration #186, Preah Norodom Blvd Sangkat Tonle Bassac Khan Chamcar Morn P.O. Box 582 Phnom Penh Cambodia H. E Touch Seang Tana Chairman of Commission for Conservation and Development of Mekong River Dolphin Eco-tourism Zone Office at the Council of Ministers 41 Russian Federation Boulevard, Sangkat Monorom, […]

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February 28, 2011

The plight of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) of the Eastern Taiwan Strait

President Ma Ying-jeou 122, Chong-cing South Road Section 1, Chung-cheng District, Taipei 10048, TAIWAN Dear Mr. President Ma: I write to you regarding the plight of the Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis) of the Eastern Taiwan Strait. The Society for Marine Mammalogy is the largest professional group in the world dedicated to the study of […]

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