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Letters - 2007

This section contains significant letters sent by the Commission in 2007.

Letters to National Marine Fisheries Service
Letters to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Letters to other Government Agencies


Letters to National Marine Fisheries Service

Date Subject More Info
December 19, 2007

Comments and recommendations on development of a natural resources science plan for the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument, Hawaii.

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December 17, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding issuance of permits for scientific research and enhancement activities.

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(pdf, 100 kb)

December 14, 2007

Reiterating comments and recommendations made previously on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the North Pacific right whale.

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(pdf, 56 kb)

November 30, 2007

Comments and recommendations on research on harmful algal blooms, the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammals, and creation of national marine mammal data archives, following the Commission's 2007 annual meeting.

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November 30, 2007

Comments and recommendations on marine mammal observer programs, health issues related to stock assessments, and alternative methods for managing marine mammal/human interactions, following the Commission's 2007 annual meeting.

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(pdf, 112 kb)
November 27, 2007

Comments and recommendation on the draft five-year status review for the Caribbean monk seal.

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(pdf, 84 kb)

November 23, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the report of the Columbia River Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force.

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(pdf, 114 kb)

November 1, 2007

Encouraging support for a concerted effort by the United States and others to act to save the vaquita from possible extinction.

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(pdf, 58 kb)
October 12, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the draft 2007 stock assessment reports for marine mammals.

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(pdf, 121 kb)

September 20, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on annual quotas for the subsistence hunt of bowhead whales.

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(pdf, 58 kb)
September 17, 2007

Comments and recommendation on the Final Environmental Impact Statement on amendments to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

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(pdf, 29 kb)

August 27, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the proposed rulemaking regarding the 2008 List of Fisheries.

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(pdf, 29kb)

August 20, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the revised draft recovery plan for the western and eastern distinct population segments of Steller sea lions.

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(pdf, 106 kb)

August 3, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the proposal to list the Cook Inlet stock of beluga whales as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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(pdf, 108 kb)
July 27, 2007

Comments and recommendations regarding the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for seismic surveys in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska.

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(pdf, 136 kb)

July 24, 2007

Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule on the taking of marine mammals incidental to U.S. Navy operations of SURTASS LFA sonar.

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(pdf, 126 kb)
June 26, 2007 Comments and recommendation regarding draft summary and evaluation of the five-year review of the southern right whale listing under the Endangered Species Act.
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(pdf, 54 kb)

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May 30, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (DPEIS) on NOAA's Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program.
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(pdf,105 kb)
April 2, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding applications from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho seeking lethal removal authority for pinnipeds preying on salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River.
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(pdf,104 kb)
April 2, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement on the effects of permitted scientific research activities on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions and depleted northern fur seals.
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(pdf,103 kb)
March 23, 2007 Comments responding to a 5-year review of the status of the Hawaiian monk seal under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.
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(pdf,101 kb)
March 23, 2007 Comments and recommendation regarding the Service's 5-year reviews of the status of fin whales, sperm whales, and southern right whales under the provisions of the Endangered Species Act.
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(pdf,93 kb)
March 12, 2007 Comments regarding MMC's interest in working with NMFS to organize and facilitate a meeting to develop a more effective course of action to address the current Hawaiian monk seal recovery crisis.
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(pdf,67 kb)
March 6, 2007 Comments and recommendation regarding the taking of Cook Inlet beluga whales by Alaska Natives.
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(pdf, 59 kb)
March 2, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding a proposed recovery plan for the southern resident stock of killer whales.
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(pdf, 121 kb)
February 22, 2007 Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule to recognize the North Atlantic and North Pacific right whales as separate species consistent with taxonomy used by the scientific community and organizations.
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(pdf, 110 kb)
January 29, 2007 Comments on the Service's proposed review of the status of the Caribbean monk seal under the Endangered Species Act, with the conclusion that the Caribbean monk seal is extinct and should be removed from the list of endangered and threatened species.
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January 29, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding the Draft Recovery Plan for the Hawaiian Monk Seal.
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(pdf, 223 kb)
January 17, 2007 Comments and recommendations on the need for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory and other NMFS research facilities to establish Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs) as required under the Animal Welfare Act.
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(pdf, 64 kb)
January 3, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding a proposed rule for the 2007 List of Fisheries under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
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(pdf, 98 kb)


Letters to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Date
Subject
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December 3, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the draft recovery crediting guidance for recovery programs under the Endangered Species Act.

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(pdf, 72 kb)
November 23, 2007

Comments and recommendations regarding northern and southern sea otters, following the Commission’s 2007 annual meeting.

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(pdf, 98 kb)
October 22, 2007

Comments and recommendations on the proposal to list polar bears as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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(pdf, 126 kb)
October 9, 2007

Comments and recommendations regarding measures to protect manatees from harassment in the Crystal River, Florida.

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(pdf, 87 kb)
April 9, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding a 12-month petition finding and proposed rule to list the polar bear under provisions of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species throughout its range.
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(pdf, 127 kb)
March 14, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding recent video evidence of harassment of manatees in King Bay, Florida.
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(pdf, 57 kb)
February 6, 2007 Comments and recommendations regarding the Draft Interim Visitor Services Plan for the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge to assess possible impact on Hawaiian monk seals and spinner dolphins.
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(pdf, 115 kb)


Letters to other Government Agencies

Date
Agency
Subject
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November 23, 2007

The governors of Washington, Oregon, and California

Commending the governors of Washington, Oregon, and California for efforts to implement an ecosystem-based management approach for West Coast marine ecosystems, following the Commission’s 2007 annual meeting.

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October 2, 2007

Department of the Navy, Pacific Missile Range Facility

Comments and recommendations on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement regarding use of the Hawaii Range Complex.

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(pdf, 151 kb)
May 25, 2007 State of Hawaii Board of Land and Natural Resources Comments on a request from the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center for a reserach permit to conduct shark control in the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
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(pdf, 55 kb)
April 11, 2007 Department of State Advice to the Secretary of State to promote joint action and investment by the Mexican and U.S. governments to conserve the vaquita.
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(pdf, 56 kb)
February 28, 2007 Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals Comments on efforts by the Indigenous People's Council for Marine Mammals to secure stable funding for Alaska Native organizations and co-management of marine mammals in Alaska.
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(pdf, 56 kb)
February 14, 2007 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Comments and recommendations regarding the Draft Framework for Developing the National System of Marine Protected Areas.
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(pdf, 102 kb)
February 7, 2007 Florida Fish and Wildife Conservation Commission Comments and recommendations regarding the Draft Manatee Management Plan.
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(pdf, 157 kb)

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