The current and future budget outlook for the Marine Mammal Commission, and for science-based federal agencies in general, requires us to be more strategic about our work. In February 2014, we released our Strategic Plan for 2015-19 following an extensive interagency and public review process. The Plan centers our efforts on five strategic objectives, and provides a vision and clear guidance for the work we do. We also pay special attention to marine mammal species and populations considered to be most vulnerable to human activities, as well as the important role that marine mammals play in the economy.
Learn more about the work of the Commission under each priority topic below.
Scientifically robust mitigation and monitoring measures are developed, refined, and implemented in order to prevent, minimize, or mitigate the impacts of offshore oil and gas and renewable energy activities on marine mammals and their ecosystems.
Anthropogenic threats to marine mammals, particularly those most vulnerable to extinction, are identified and reduced in the coastal and fresh waters of other nations and on the high seas worldwide, through bilateral and multilateral scientific and conservation efforts and sharing of expertise.
Health and Strandings
Marine mammal strandings are more thoroughly investigated and analyzed to improve understanding of the factors causing mortality and affecting the health of marine mammals, determine the efficacy of measures such as ship speed reduction to reduce mortality, and elucidate the relationships between marine mammal health and human health and ecosystem services.
Marine mammal populations in the Arctic are maintained as viable functioning elements of their ecosystems through management measures that address direct and indirect effects of climate change and the ensuing economic, scientific, and other activities in the region.
Understanding of human impacts on marine mammals and their ecosystems, and the management of those impacts, is improved through enhanced scientific research, policy analysis, and information dissemination.