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Consultation between NMFS and non-government environmental organizations regarding a potential chase/recapture experiment, meeting report
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    On September 9, 1999 a meeting was held in La Jolla, California to discuss with interested persons representing non-government environmental organizations (NGOs), concerns regarding a proposed chase-recapture experiment involving dolphins in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP). The experiment has been mandated by the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act (IDCPA). The meeting provided the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with an opportunity to discuss with these groups various concerns that have been raised about the proposed experiment by both NMFS and several NGO groups. The concerns involve scientific, political, logistical, and ethical aspects of the experiment. Given these concerns, NMFS is reconsidering research priorities to answer the mandates of the IDCPA, and is currently focusing on analysis of data either in NMFS' possession or collectable under NMFS control. Further refinement of these alternative analyses is anticipated, through discussions with various interested groups, agencies, and scientists. This report summarizes the background leading to the research mandates in the IDCPA, the NMFS proposed chase/recapture experiment and alternatives proposed by the Animal Welfare Institute and Earth Island Institute, concerns about those proposed experiments, and current alternative research being pursued by NMFS.
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