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Marine Mammal Protection Act Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary Media Tool Kit

Contact:
Kim Betton
Office of External Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
703-358-2081
Kim_betton@fws.gov

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners celebrate this year the 40th anniversary of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), one of the nationís most important conservation laws. The groundbreaking legislation, enacted on October 21, 1972, helps to conserve our nationís marine mammals Ė including polar bears, sea otters, walruses, and manatees Ė as well as the ocean ecosystems that support them.



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Soundbite/Quote 1:
“We work with NOAA as well and help with marine mammals in the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, the Pacific – and again why is this important? We have the focus in particular on the marine ecosystem, with these iconic species as sord of the poster species effort.”

Soundbite/Quote 2:
“You go down to Florida and you can go to the many communities and see the towns embracing eco-tourism – people going out and observing manatees and other animals. Up north people take great pride in managing the walrus and polar bear ..and others out west in the states of California and Washington. So we want to see these populations not just hold their own – but rebound and do well.”

Soundbite/Quote – 3:
“It was the first environmental law that we have that actually took into consideration – whole ecosystems, verses, whole environment verses a single species, so obviously the focus is on marine mammal protection, but the Act protects the entire marine ecosystem.”

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Marine Mammals
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Female Polar Bear and her young along the Beaufort Sea coastline of Alaska, Credit: USFWS Southern Sea Otter floating in teh waters of Monterey Bay, California. Credit: USFWS Pacific Walrus Rest at Cape Peirce, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS Florida Manatee swimming in Crystal River. Credit: USFWS
Photo Caption: Female Polar Bear and her young along the Beaufort Sea coastline of Alaska, Credit: USFWS Photo Caption: Southern Sea Otter floating in teh waters of Monterey Bay, California. Credit: USFWS Photo Caption: Pacific Walrus Rest at Cape Peirce, Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS Photo Caption: Florida Manatee swimming in Crystal River. Credit: USFWS

Last updated: May 7, 2012
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