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I grew up in a military family and joined the Air Force in 1971 during the Vietnam War. It was there that I became a peace activist.

Monday, November 20, 2017

Stop Navy Attacks on Sea Life



In 2013, the Navy EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) for sonar testing and military training stated that the Navy would be permitted to harm whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals nearly 9.6 million times while conducting high-intensity sonar exercises and underwater detonations over a span of open ocean surrounding Hawaii greater in area than the continental U.S.

Then, in 2015, Earthjustice sued and got the Navy to agree to refrain from such testing in very sensitive areas of Hawaiian waters.

But now, the current proposal under discussion is that in 2018, the Navy would be allowed to resume practice of this mid-frequency active sonar and explosives in these sensitive areas around the Hawaiian islands and along the southeast Atlantic Coast of the US (Florida-Georgia coast) which happens to be the prime breeding ground of the North Atlantic Right Whale - one of the most endangered whales of all.

In your comments you can pick the 'No Action Alternative' – Under this alternative, the Navy would not conduct proposed training and testing activities, and a permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act would not be issued.

Please send in your comments before the deadline of December 12! Instructions to do so are here: https://hstteis.com/Public-Involvemen...

 

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