Monster Seminar JAM - Turnabout is Fair Play: Evaluating 30 Years of Marine Mammal Commission Oversight
Dr. Richard L. Wallace, Environmental Studies Program, Ursinus College
The Marine Mammal Commission was created under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 to undertake a review and study of the activities of the United States&relating to marine mammals (16 USC 1402) in effect, to act as an oversight or watchdog agency for federal programs relating to marine mammals or their habitat. In the more than three decades since its establishment, little oversight of the Commission has been undertaken other than the congressional processes of annual budget allocation. Basic questions, such as how effective the Commission has been, what factors have influenced its effectiveness, and what criteria may be used to evaluate it, have seldom been asked of the Commission or its operations. Through interviews with practitioners who have worked for or closely with the Commission, I will provide an appraisal of the Commissions involvement in federal marine mammal policy. Among the preliminary findings I will discuss are the trends in effectiveness of the Commissions work and the factors that influence it, recommendations for future Commission operations, and the utility of the Commission as a model organization for other federal protected species programs.
Date and Time:
June 9, 2005,
11:00 am - 12:30 pm