Baylor Researcher Seeks Permit to Import Whale Parts

The National Marine Fisheries Service has received a permit application for the import, export, and receipt of parts from at least twelve whale species for scientific research over the next five years. The applicant is a Baylor University researcher who seeks to evaluate the impacts of environmental stressors on cetaceans by studying anthropogenic contaminants, reproductive hormones, and evidence of physiological stress present in the parts of blue, bowhead, Bryde’s, humpback, fin, gray, North Atlantic right, North Pacific right, Rice’s, sei, Southern right, and sperm whales. NMFS is seeking comments through November 15, 2021.