Best Practices for Marine Mammal Response, Rehabilitation and Release: standards for release.
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Whaley, Janet E.
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Rescue, rehabilitation, and release of wild marine mammals is allowed for authorized individuals under listed conditions by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) [16 U.S.C. 1379 § 109(h)]. Section 402(a) of Title IV of the MMPA specifically mandates that “The Secretary shall... provide guidance for determining at what point a rehabilitate d marine mammal is releasable to the wild” [16 U.S.C. 1421 §402(a)]. This document fulfills the statutory mandate and is not intended to replace marine mammal laws or regulations. In accordance with the MMPA, these guidelines were developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) in consultation with marine mammal experts through review and public comment on the 1997 draft NOAA Technical Memorandum “Release of Stranded Marine Mammals to the Wild: Background, Preparation, and Release Criteria.” Comments from the public review process and othe.....
PublisherNOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program
Silver Spring, MD
Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)14.2
Essential Ocean Variables (EOV)Marine turtles, birds, mammals abundance and distribution
Best Practice TypeBest Practice
CitationWhaley, Janet E. and Borowski, Rose (2009) Marine Mammal Response, Rehabilitation, and Release: standards for release. Silver Spring, MD, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program, 114pp. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.25607/OBP-83