The Marine Mammal Commission adheres to various policies and guidelines in fulfillment of its mission. This page includes information about the Commission’s various policies.
The Marine Mammal Commission is committed to maintaining the integrity of, and promoting public trust in, the science used to inform policy decisions under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and related statutes. The Commission has established and follows specific measures to meet its commitment to scientific integrity. The MMPA assigns seven major duties to the Commission (16 U.S.C. § 1402(a)), nearly all of which involve gathering, compiling, evaluating, analyzing, interpreting, and/or reporting scientific information. The Commission uses such scientific information to conduct specific reviews and studies, and to formulate recommendations to other agencies, the Administration, and Congress. To learn more, read the Commission’s scientific integrity policy document.
The Marine Mammal Commission has adopted guidelines to ensure and maximize the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information disseminated by the agency in accordance with the directive issued by the Office of Management and Budget (67 Fed. Reg. 8452B8460), pursuant to Section 515 of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for FY 2001. To learn more, read the Commission’s guidelines for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information.