National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D, Administrator
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
NOAA Fisheries Service
Fisheries Office for Law Enforcement
8484 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20910
A new dolphin facility is planned for D'Iberville, Mississippi. Moby Solangi, Director of the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport Mississippi, is working with the City of D'Iberville and the United States Government to have the facility built. The City of D'Iberville has purchased the land and will be paying for the water lines that will run from the facility to the Gulf for the purpose of pumping in saltwater. The federal government has awarded Solangi a $10 million dollar grant and there is a request in by Senator Thad Cochran for an additional $15 million in funds.
The building of such a facility will encourage the capture of marine mammals.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) of 1972 was the first article of legislation to call specifically for an ecosystem approach to natural resource management and conservation. MMPA prohibits the taking of marine mammals, and enacts a moratorium on the import, export, and sale of any marine mammal, along with any marine mammal part or product within the United States. The U.S. Congress defines "take" as the act of hunting, killing, capture, and/or harassment of any marine mammal; or, the attempt at such. The MMPA provides for enforcement of its prohibitions, and for the issuance of regulations to implement its legislative goals.
We ask that you halt the construction of this facility.