Prohibit Military Sonar and Seismic Testing harming Marine Mammals

Prohibit the use of mid frequency sonar exercises projected to harm and or/kill up to 9 million Marine Mammals.

We the citizenry of the United States hereby petition the Congress and the President of the United States to prohibit the use of mid frequency sonar as well as seismic testing by the United States Navy and or Scientific research vessels that have been proposed by the US Navy and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA) based on the following:Use of military sonar has been associated with mass whale strandings and deaths in Hawaii, the Bahamas, Greece, Madeira, Vieques, the Canary Islands, Spain, Japan and the American Northwest. But while the U.S. Navy openly acknowledges that its active sonar harms marine mammals, it refuses to comply with laws that limit sonar?s use. In 2007, suit was filed against the Navy over its plans to use high-intensity, mid-frequency active sonar in Hawaii waters, including within a humpback whale sanctuary and near the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. In February 2008, a federal district judge found the Navy in violation of the law and declared that it may not proceed with its plans in Hawaii unless it adheres to measures protecting marine mammals and prepares an environmental impact statement. Most recently, in early 2012 we filed suit with allies against the National Marine Fisheries Service for failing to protect thousands of whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and sea lions from ocean noise brought by Navy warfare training exercises along the coasts of California, Oregon and Washington.

Other kinds of oceanic noise pollution, such as that caused by seismic surveys ? which create the loudest noises detectable in the ocean ? also have a significant effect on whales. In 2002, two dead beaked whales were found stranded in the Gulf of California following underwater airgun blasts fired by a National Science Foundation-owned research vessel. As a result of the previously filing suit ,an injunction was granted shutting down the seismic surveys.

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Public Comments (2,021)
Jun 29th, 2017
Someone from Kingston, NY writes:
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The navy doesn't HAVE to do this testing. However whales and dolphins do HAVE to live in the ocean. Respect other living things in the ocean by co-existing, not bullying.
Nov 16th, 2016
Claudia M. from Climax, NY writes:
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Let's put a stop ,once and for all to this cruel and inhuman practice .
Nov 11th, 2016
sara l. from Oakland, CA signed.
Sep 20th, 2016
Someone from Makawao, HI signed.
Sep 18th, 2016
Someone from Arlington, MA writes:
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I am Very against seismic testing by the military. Period. There are always many other methods of doing research in this day and age of super computers that do NOT impact creatures living in that environment. Please stop underwater seismic blasting now!
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Sunnyvale, CA signed.
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Scottsburg, OR writes:
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We've been fighting the battle for the sea mammals for years now as we continue to see the numbers of beached whales and dolphins grow and die. We stopped the Navy from their use in some areas for a while. IT NEEDS TO BE ** ENDED** PERMANENTLY
Sep 4th, 2016
Someone from Richmond, KY signed.
Aug 29th, 2016
Someone from Seattle, WA signed.
Jul 11th, 2016
Someone from Seattle, WA signed.

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