Marine Mammal Protection in an Era of Expanded Ocean Development

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

Expert Panel: Marine Mammal Protection in an Era of Expanded Ocean Development

Marine mammals (whales, seals, sea lions, manatees, polar bears, dolphins, walrus, and sea otters) are essential to a healthy ocean ecosystem but also vulnerable to human activity. Government programs created by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) help protect these animals from harm and nonprofits are active partners in this effort. Recent proposals to increase oil and gas and wind energy development offshore and in the Arctic, adjust fisheries management, and consider revising marine sanctuary boundaries have raised concerns about potential harm to these species. Scientists and conservationists strive for smart ocean management that provides protections while balancing the need for energy, fishing, and shipping industries.

Hear from a panel of experts about the government and NGO initiatives working to protect marine mammals and balance ocean management priorities.

Dr. Shannon Bettridge, Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division in NOAA’s Office of Protected Resources, Dr. Peter Thomas, Executive Director of the Marine Mammal Commission, and Mark Spalding, President of the Ocean Foundation, will speak to WCEE about the government programs charged with protecting these species, NGO initiatives with the same aim, and current issues of importance in balancing competing needs in our ocean environments.

Date: Wed, April 3, 2019

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: The Ocean Foundation, 1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

There is no registration at the door; please register off WCEE’s website.

Closest Metro: Dupont Circle (Red)

Cost: $5 (WCEE members); $20 (non-WCEE members)


This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.

WCEE is grateful to

The Ocean Foundation

for the use of its conference facilities


The Ocean Foundation
1320 19th Street NW
Washington DC 20036

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