Shaping Policy for Marine Life

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 90-day finding on petition to list the Taiwanese humpback dolphin (Sousa chinensis taiwanensis) as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act (July 2016)

Comments submitted to the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to amend the regulations of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) concerning the humane handling, care, treatment, and transportation of marine mammals in captivity (May 2016)

Comments submitted to the US Fish and Wildlife Service on proposed rule and 12-month finding indicating its intention to downlist the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened (April 2016)

Comments to National Marine Fisheries Service Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Actions in Relation to the Southeastern United States Shrimp Fishery and To Conduct Public Scoping Comments (April 2016)

Protection Sought for Critically Endangered Taiwanese Humpback Dolphin (March 2016)

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on 90-day finding on petition to list the thorny skate as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (December 2015)

Comments submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service on the draft environmental impact statement on the Makah Tribe request to hunt gray whales (July 2015)

Endangered Species Act Protection Sought for Thorny Skates (May 2015)

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)