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.

September 25, 2013

Letter to New Zealand Minister of Conservation: additional protection is insufficient

Hon Dr. Nick Smith Minister for Conservation Government of New Zealand Dear Dr. Smith, Thank you for advising the Society of Marine Mammalogy that additional netting closures are planned to protect Maui’s dolphin. We appreciate that such action is very difficult because of the resultant negative impact on the New Plymouth fishing industry. Members of […]

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September 20, 2013

Response to letter to New Zealand Prime Minister regarding Maui’s dolphin

We received a response to my letter to New Zealand Prime Minister regarding Maui’s dolphin from the Minister of Conservation, Hon Dr. Nick Smith, providing details about the additional protection proposed for Maui’s dolphin.

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July 29, 2013

Response to Presidential Letter Regarding Maui’s Dolphin

We received an email response to our presidential letter regarding Maui’s dolphin from New Zealand Minister of Conservation Nick Smith.

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July 19, 2013

Response to letter to President Nieto Regarding the Vaquita

The following is a response to my letter addressed to the President of Mexico, Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto, in which I asked for the Mexican government to use alternative fishing tools for the artisan netting fishing overlapping the distribution of the Vaquita. Mazatlán, Sinaloa, May 21th 2013. HELENE MARSH I refer to your attentive letter […]

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April 19, 2013

Letter to New Zealand Prime Minister regarding seismic surveys and Maui’s dolphin

Rt. Hon. Mr John Key Prime Minister of New Zealand Hon. Mr. Nathan Guy Minister for Primary Industries Hon. Mr. Nick Smith Minister of Conservation Parliament Buildings Wellington 6011 New Zealand 17 April 2013 Dear Sirs The Society for Marine Mammalogy is the World’s largest professional group dedicated to the study of marine mammals, with […]

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