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.

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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May 3, 2003

Smithsonian Institution

Chief Justice William H. Rhenquist Supreme Court of the United States 1 First Street, NE Washington, DC20543 Dear Justice Rhenquist: The Society for Marine Mammalogy joins numerous conservation groups and wildlife organizations in expressing its concern for the proposed closing of the Smithsonian’s Conservation and Research Center near Front Royal, Virginia.This center is internationally known […]

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February 7, 2002

Vaquita conservation in Mexico – Fox

President Vicente Fox President Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Residencia Official de los Pinos Col San Miguel Chapultepex C.P. 11850 Mexico, D.F. MEXICO Dear President Fox: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international society of more than 2000 scientists who study whales, dolphins, porpoise, seals and other marine mammals. It is the largest […]

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June 18, 1998

Vaquita conservation in Mexico – Zedillo

Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon Presidente Constitucional de Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Residencia Oficial de Los Piños Mexico DF Mexico Dear President Zedillo: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international society of over 1300 scientists who study whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine mammals. It is the largest professional society in the world […]

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August 8, 1997

Gray whale conservation in Mexico

The Honorable Julia Carabias Lillo Secretaria De Medio Ambiente Recursos Naturales Y Pesca Periferico Sur No. 4209, 5 Piso 14210 Mexico, D.F. Mexico Dear Secretary Carabias: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international scientific organization whose membership conduct research on marine mammalsaround the world. The Society currently includes approximately 1,400 marine science professionals and […]

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