AWI's Efforts to Shape Marine Life Policy

The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) works to secure protections for marine animals by engaging with key policymakers at the state, federal and international levels. AWI regularly provides public comments, testimony and similar input to such bodies in furtherance of our mission to reduce animal suffering. Examples of AWI public comments, testimony and other input can be found below in downloadable PDF format.
 

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on proposed rule to Remove the Exclusion for Captive Members of the Southern Resident Killer Whale Distinct Population Segment (March 2014)

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on proposed rule regarding Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Regulations (September 2013)

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on 90-day finding on a petition to include the killer whale known as Lolita in the Endangered Species Act Listing of Sothern Resident Killer Whales (June 2013)

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on Implementation of the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 (June 2013)

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on proposed endangered, threatened, and not warranted listing determinations for six distinct population segments of scalloped hammerhead sharks under the Endangered Species Act (June 2013)

Comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service Regarding the Import of 18 Wild-Caught Beluga Whales from Russia (October 2012)

Comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act to address Shark Conservation (August 2012)

Comments to the Navy on its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (July 2012)

Comments to the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding the Amendment 7 Scoping – Management Recommendations for the US Surface Longline Fishery (July 2012)

Comments to National Marine Fisheries Service on proposed rule to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets rigged for fishing to use turtle excluder devices (July 2012)

Comments to National Marine Fisheries Service on 90-Day Finding on Petition to List the Scalloped Hammerhead Shark as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act (January 2012)

Comments to National Marine Fisheries Service on Draft Recovery Plan for the Sei Whale (September 2011)

Comments to National Marine Fisheries Service on Proposed National Policy for Distinguishing Serious from Non-Serious Injuries of Marine Mammals (August 2011)