Presidential Letters

The Society for Marine Mammalogy uses the Presidential Letter process as a mechanism whereby the Society may respond to issues of concern in a timely fashion. The SMM Conservation Committee monitors important marine mammal issues via input from the SMM Board of Governors and the SMM membership.

At the request of the Board of Governors, the Committee will research an issue of concern and develop a position. Based on the consensus view of the Committee, the Chair will draft a letter for signature by the President on behalf of the Society. Such letters and appropriate background and responses are published on the Society’s website.

February 7, 2002

Vaquita conservation in Mexico – Fox

President Vicente Fox President Constitucional de los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Residencia Official de los Pinos Col San Miguel Chapultepex C.P. 11850 Mexico, D.F. MEXICO Dear President Fox: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international society of more than 2000 scientists who study whales, dolphins, porpoise, seals and other marine mammals. It is the largest […]

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June 18, 1998

Vaquita conservation in Mexico – Zedillo

Dr. Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon Presidente Constitucional de Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos Residencia Oficial de Los PiƱos Mexico DF Mexico Dear President Zedillo: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international society of over 1300 scientists who study whales, dolphins, seals, and other marine mammals. It is the largest professional society in the world […]

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August 8, 1997

Gray whale conservation in Mexico

The Honorable Julia Carabias Lillo Secretaria De Medio Ambiente Recursos Naturales Y Pesca Periferico Sur No. 4209, 5 Piso 14210 Mexico, D.F. Mexico Dear Secretary Carabias: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international scientific organization whose membership conduct research on marine mammalsaround the world. The Society currently includes approximately 1,400 marine science professionals and […]

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July 7, 1997

Marine Mammal Sanctuaries in Australia

The Chief Executive Department of Environment and Natural Resources GPO Box 1047 Adelaide SA 5001 Australia Dear Chief Executive: I am writing at the advice of the Committee of Scientific Advisors and on behalf of the Board of Governors of the Society for Marine Mammalogy to comment on the South Australian Government’s proposed multiple use […]

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June 9, 1997

Marine Mammals and the GATT

Secretariat World Trade Organization Centre William Rappard Rue de Lausanne 154 CH – 1211 Geneva 21 Switzerland Dear Secretary: The Society for Marine Mammalogy is an international scientific organization whose membership conduct research on marine mammals around the world. The Society’s membership currently includes approximately 1,400 marine science professionals and students living and working in […]

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