Skip to main content

Crimes Against Marine Mammals Exhibit Opens at D.C.'s Crime Museum


May 22, 2012

NOAA.gov - Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act through an eye-opening exhibit that showcases different violations of the Act, how law enforcement agents investigate those violations, and how you can help protect marine mammals. Created by NOAA Fisheries and the Crime Museum in D.C., the exhibit opens today at the museum and runs through September 3, 2012.

The Marine Mammal Protection Act  was passed in 1972 and prohibits, with certain exceptions, the take of marine mammals in U.S. waters or by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S.
 
Entangled right whale from above.

How Do We Protect Marine Mammals? 
We protect global marine resources by enforcing U.S. laws and international treaties and obligations dedicated to protecting wildlife and their natural habitat. A range of actions include: 
  • Patrols, inspections, and monitoring criminal and civil investigations
  • Cooperative fisheries enforcement
  • Outreach and compliance assistance
  • Use of innovative technology



    Commercial fishermen arrested for illegal possession of explosives and unlawful taking of marine mammals. Homemade bombs were thrown at dolphins while fishing.
Marine mammals are resources of great significance...it is congressional policy that they should be protected...the primary objective of this management must be to maintain the health and sustainability of the marine ecosystem..."      
—House Report No. 92-707, Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972

Working Together for Protection
  • Joint enforcement agreements with 27 coastal states and territories
  • Partnerships with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other federal agencies, non-governmental organizations
    and tribes.
  • Prosecution of civil cases by NOAA’s Office of General Counsel and
    criminal cases by Department of Justice.

Popular posts from this blog

F/V Northern Leader. Launch. January 26, 2013 (video)

EXTRA :  Wave of new vessels will boost Alaska, Washington shipyards MOLLY DISCHNER, ALASKA JOURNAL OF COMMERCE Jan 24, 2013 - 10:53 AM AKST Alaska’s fishing fleets are aging, but new vessels are making their way onto the water. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, 1,646 fishing vessels participated in federal fisheries offshore from Alaska in 2010. The majority — more than 900 — were built in the 1970s and 1980s. The first new vessels operating in Alaska waters will be longliners fishing in the Bering Sea with Alaskan Leader Fisheries’ Northern Leader and Alaska Longline Co.’s Arctic Prowler scheduled to start fishing this spring. Alaskan Leader Fisheries is jointly owned by the Alaska Leader Group of Lynden, Wash., and Dillingham-based Bristol Bay Economic Development Corp. BBEDC is one of six Western Alaska Community Development Quota, or CDQ, groups that receive a 10 percent annual share of the Bering Sea harvests. Petersburg-based Alaska Longline Co. al

Crabbers get a boost in bairdi Tanner quotas

LAINE WELCH Image via Wikipedia FISHERIES Published: November 7th, 2009 10:10 PM Last Modified: November 7th, 2009 10:12 PM KODIAK -- Kodiak and Alaska Peninsula crabbers got some good news last week -- bigger catch quotas for bairdi Tanner crab, a mid-January fishery important to local economies. Bairdi are the larger cousins of the better-known opilio Tanners, or snow crab. The bairdi boost stems from a big pulse of new crab recruits that biologists have been tracking for years. "That is what's fueling the increase in the harvest this year. We're just getting the very beginning of that year class," said......... http://www.adn.com/money/welch/story/1004091.html

Tender "Lonestar" rolls over in the Mouth of the Igushik River (fishery closed)

The Tender "Lonestar" has Capsized in the Mouth of the Igushik River 2:00 PM SUN JUNE 30, 2013 By MIKE MASON A large vessel, used to transport sockeye salmon from the fishing grounds to a processing facility, has capsized in the mouth of one of the major salmon producing rivers in Bristol Bay. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the details.... http://kdlg.org/post/tender-lonestar-has-capsized-mouth-igushik-river SUNDAY, JUNE 30, 2013 Trouble in Bristol Bay The Alaska Department of Fish and Game shut down the local setnet fishery after a salmon tender, the Lonestar, sank this morning in the mouth of the Igushik River....... http://deckboss.blogspot.com/2013/06/trouble-in-bristol-bay.html Coast Guard responding to partially submerged vessel near Dillingham, Alaska Date: June 30, 2013 District 17 Public Affairs Detachment Kodiak KODIAK, Alaska — The Coast Guard is responding to the sinking of a fishing vessel near the mouth of the Igushik River, Sunday. The Coast Guard is de