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Wildlife Protection Law Training Underscores Value of Marine Forensic Analyses

National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) researchers collaborated with attorneys and federal agents to study how the forensics capabilities at NCCOS are applied to uphold U.S. wildlife protection laws. Training provided in legal interpretation of the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Lacey Act will greatly enhance our application of molecular forensics methods to best serve wildlife conservation efforts.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Special Agents, attorneys from NMFS’s Northeast and Pacific Islands Regional Offices, and attorneys from the Environmental Crimes division of the Department of Justice met at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia to discuss the laws and ways agencies work together to minimize human impact on our rarest resources.

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