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.

October 13, 2010

Potential impacts of five large dams on the Endangered Gangetic dolphins in the Brahmaputra River Basin, India

12 October 2010 Minister – Shri. Jairam Ramesh Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India Paryavaran Bhavan, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road New Delhi – 110 003, India email: envisect@nic.in jairam54@gmail.com Subject: Potential impacts of five large dams on the Endangered Gangetic dolphins in the Brahmaputra River Basin, India Dear Minister, The Board of the Society […]

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April 22, 2010

Vaquita in the Upper Gulf of California

Dr. Adrián Fernández Presidente, Instituto Nacional de Ecología SEMARNAT Av. Anillo Periférico 5000 Col. Insurgentes Cuicuilco Delegación Coyoacán México, DF 04530 April 22, 2010 Dear Dr. Fernández: The Board of the Society for Marine Mammalogy (SMM) has been following with great interest recovery efforts undertaken by your Government to conserve the highly endangered vaquita (Phocoena […]

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Western Gray Whales

Mr. Alexey B. Miller Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors JSC “GAZPROM” 16 Nametkina St. 117997, Moscow, V-420. GSP-7 Russia Mr. Sergey Bogdanchikov President of Rosneft Chairman of Rosneft’s Management Board 26/1, Sofiyskaya Embankment 1, GSP-8 117997 Moscow, Russia CEO Rex W. Tillerson ExxonMobil Corporation 5959 Las Colinas Boulevard Irving, Texas 75039-2298 CEO Peter […]

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July 18, 2009

New Zealand can act to conserve the New Zealand sea lion

Hon John Key Prime Minister PO Box 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington, New Zealand New Zealand can act to conserve the New Zealand sea lion Dear Prime Minister: The purpose of this letter is to convey the grave concern held by the Board of the Society for Marine Mammalogy about the future of the New Zealand […]

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March 18, 2008

New Zealand can act to conserve dolphins

Rt. Hon. Helen Clark Prime Minister PO Box 18888 Parliament Buildings Wellington New Zealand New Zealand can act to conserve Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins Dear Prime Minister: The recent extinction of the baiji, (Lipotes vexillifer), a river dolphin endemic to China, is a stark reminder of the vulnerability of dolphins and porpoises to human activities. […]

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