The Marine Mammal Protection Act
Faced with the serous decline of marine mammals in America's coastal waters, President Nixon signed the landmark Marine Mammal Protection Act on October 29, 1972. The law protects marine mammals from illegal harassment, feeding, hunting, capturing, or killing.
According to the National Marine Life Center: Without the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the populations of iconic marine mammals like whales, dolphins, and seals would be unchecked and most likely demolished due to human activities.
Artwork by Ron Pekar