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Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Table of Contents

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Citation: 16 USC 1361 - 1421h



Last Checked by Web Center Staff: 11/2013

Summary:   The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) is the main regulatory vehicle that protects marine mammal species and their habitats in an effort to main sustainable populations. In doing so, the statute outlines prohibitions, required permits, criminal and civil penalties, and international aspects in addressing marine mammals.  This document provides a table of contents for the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) with links to the specific statutory sections.


Statute in Full:

Subchapter I. Generally

§ 1361. Congressional findings and declaration of policy

§ 1362. Definitions

Subchapter II. Conservation and Protection of Marine Mammals.

§ 1371. Moratorium on taking and importing marine mammals and marine mammal products

§ 1372. Prohibitions

§ 1373. Regulations on taking of marine mammals

§ 1374. Permits

§ 1375. Penalties

§ 1375a. Use of fines for protection and recovery of manatees, polar bears, sea otters, and walruses

§ 1376. Seizure and forfeiture of cargo

§ 1377. Enforcement

§ 1378. International program

§ 1379. Transfer of management authority

§ 1380. Marine mammal research grants

§ 1381. Commercial fisheries gear development

§ 1382. Regulations and administration

§ 1383. Application to other treaties and conventions

§ 1383a. Interim exemption for commercial fisheries

§ 1383b. Status review; conservation plans

§ 1384. Authorization of appropriations

§ 1385. Dolphin protection

§ 1386. Stock assessments

§ 1387. Taking of marine mammals incidental to commercial fishing operations

§ 1388. Marine mammal cooperative agreements in Alaska

§ 1389. Pacific Coast Task Force; Gulf of Maine

Subchapter III. Marine Mammal Commission
 
§ 1401. Establishment

§ 1402. Duties of Commission

§ 1403. Committee of Scientific Advisors on Marine Mammals

§ 1404. Omitted

§ 1405. Coordination with other Federal agencies

§ 1406. Administration

§ 1407. Authorization of appropriations

Subchapter IV. International Dolphin Conservation Program.

§ 1411. Findings and policy

§ 1412. International Dolphin Conservation Program

§ 1413. Regulatory authority of Secretary

§ 1414. Repealed. Pub.L. 105-42, § 6(c), Aug. 15, 1997, 111 Stat. 1130

§ 1414a. Research

§ 1415. Reports by Secretary

§ 1416. Permits

§ 1417. Prohibitions

§ 1418. Repealed. Pub.L. 105-42, § 6(e), Aug. 15, 1997, 111 Stat. 1137

Subchapter V. Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response.

§ 1421. Establishment of Program

§ 1421a. Determination; data collection and dissemination

§ 1421b. Stranding response agreements

§ 1421c. Unusual mortality event response

§ 1421d. Unusual mortality event activity funding

§ 1421e. Liability

§ 1421f. National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank and tissue analysis

§ 1421f-1. John H. Prescott Marine Mammal Rescue Assistance Grant Program

§ 1421g. Authorization of appropriations

§ 1421h. Definitions

Subchapter VI. Polar Bears

§ 1423. Definitions

§ 1423a. Prohibitions

§ 1423b. Administration

§ 1423c. Cooperative management agreement; authority to delegate enforcement authority

§ 1423d. Commission appointments; compensation, travel expenses, and claims

§ 1423e. Votes taken by the United States section on matters before the Commission

§ 1423f. Implementation of actions taken by the Commission

§ 1423g. Application with other subchapters of chapter

§ 1423h. Authorization of appropriations

 



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