A meeting to discuss Drive Guidelines for compliance according to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Import Rule of the United States
On February 11, 2020, at 9.30 a.m. at the YiSok meeting room, 2nd floor, Chulabhorn Building, Department of Fisheries, Mrs. Peralai Nuchmorn, Senior Expert in Marine Fisheries, Department of Fisheries chaired a meeting to discuss Drive Guidelines for compliance according to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Import Rule of the United States.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) was enacted on October 21, 1972. All marine mammals are protected under the MMPA. The MMPA prohibits, with certain exceptions, the "take" of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S. (Reference: https://www.fws.gov/international/laws-treaties-agreements/us-conservation-laws/marine-mammal-protection-act.html)
The MMPA defines harassment as "any act of pursuit, torment or annoyance which has the potential to either: a. injure a marine mammal in the wild, or b. disturb a marine mammal by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, which includes, but is not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering." The MMPA provides for enforcement of its prohibitions, and for the issuance of regulations to implement its legislative goals. (Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Mammal_Protection_Act)