→ Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program

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"The National Marine Fisheries Service announces its intention to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate potential environmental effects associated with continued implementation of the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP). In addition, this PEIS will address changes to increase efficiencies made in the program since the initial MMHSRP PEIS was published in 2009. These updates include changes to the Best Practices for Marine Mammal Stranding Response, Rehabilitation and Release (Policies and Practices), as well as other aspects of the program including large whale entanglement response, health surveillance, research, morbidity and mortality investigations, and assessments." There is a scoping process "to identify public concerns along with national and local issues to be addressed in the PEIS". Comments can be submitted or interested individuals may attend a webinar (May 1, 15, and 21). There is also an in-person meeting in Silver Spring, MD on May 18th.