Marine Mammals Management
Alaska Region


Polar Bear

Marine Mammal Protection Act

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972 as amended is the legal foundation for all that we do in the Marine Mammals Management office.

Of particular interest are the following provisions:

Stock Assessment Reports

Section 117 of the MMPA requires the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to report periodically on the status of marine mammal stocks within Alaskan waters. Our Stock Assessment Reports cover northern sea otters, Pacific walrus and polar bears.
Cooperative Agreements

Section 119 of the MMPA authorizes the appropriation of funds to develop cooperative agreements between the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Alaska Native organizations for co-managing subsistence use of marine mammals.


Last updated: March 2017