About this Collection

One of the goals of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is to ensure that stocks of marine mammals occurring in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States do not have a level of human-caused mortality and serious injury that is likely to cause the stock to be reduced below its optimum sustainable population. Section 117 of the MMPA provides for the development of stock assessment reports, which are based on the best scientific information available and are prepared in consultation with established regional scientific review groups.

This library collection includes stock assessment report for the Florida manatee, Antillean manatee (Puerto Rico stock), southern sea otter, northern sea otter (Washington, Southwest Alaska, Southcentral Alaska, and Southeast Alaska stocks), Pacific walrus, and polar bear.

For information on dolphins, porpoises, whales, seals, and sea lions, contact the Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.