Subcommittee Announces Hearing to Examine the Marine Mammal Protection Act

March 16, 2018


WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska), chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard, will convene a hearing titled “Enhancing the Marine Mammal Protection Act,” at 10:00 a.m. on March 22, 2018. The hearing will examine the Marine Mammal Protection Act and ways to improve it, in light of potential conflicts with the Endangered Species Act, the needs of tribal and indigenous communities, and the role of zoos and aquariums in marine mammal conservation.


  • Mr. Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Mr. Mike Miller, Chairman, Indigenous People’s Council for Marine Mammals
  • Dr. Rae Stone, President and Partner, Dolphin Quest
  • Ms. Jane Davenport, Senior Attorney, Conservation Law Division, Defenders of Wildlife

*Witness list and panels subject to change.

Hearing Details:

Thursday, March 22, 2018 
10:00 a.m. 
Subcommittee on Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries, and Coast Guard

This hearing will take place in Russell Senate Office Building, Room 253. Witness testimony, opening statements, and a live video of the hearing will be available on

NOTE: Added Dr. Rae Stone and Ms. Jane Davenport to the witness list on 3/19/18.