Dolphin and Whale Incidental Takes East Coast Training Unacceptable


By Kirsten Massebeau Champions for Cetaceans Daily Scoop

Atlantic Bottle Nose Dolphin and Calf

The Navy has submitted their request for “incidental takes of marine mammals with NMFS/NOAA for 2012 U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Activities (AFTT). Marine mammals will suffer painful deaths inflicted by sonar, under water explosions and exposure to toxic chemicals. As can be seen in the tables below the number of whales, dolphins, and seals to be killed (harassment A) and impacted (harassment B) are unacceptable. The Navy now admits that harm will be caused yet are increasing their training program and impact on marine mammals. (Source)

REQUEST FOR REGULATIONS AND LETTERS OF AUTHORIZATION
FOR THE INCIDENTAL TAKING OF MARINE MAMMALS
RESULTING FROM U.S. NAVY TRAINING AND TESTING ACTIVITIES
IN THE ATLANTIC FLEET TRAINING AND TESTING STUDY AREA 

(September 2012  FINAL)

(Permit Source for Tables)

These numbers are unacceptable! All ocean activists need to make comments and let our voices be heard. Only we can stop the Navy from decimating whale and dolphin populations. Please follow this link and make your comment. The comment period ends on 11/05/2012. We must convince NMFS/NOAA that these incidental  take numbers are unacceptable!

10 thoughts on “Dolphin and Whale Incidental Takes East Coast Training Unacceptable

  1. The first related article clearly states, “Most of these creatures will be disturbed in some way but not injured or killed.” To the previous suggestions that this is “terrorism” is absurd considering the fact that terrorism to to strike fear or terror to the public which are clearly not the intentions of this project. The U.S Navy uses these tactics and animals to protect the people, if you would also like to prove that this program does not work I’d be very much willing to read reliable sources to support the precedented opinion.

  2. This is an unacceptable form of the use of an omnipotent organization to squander tax payer dollars while excessively endangering or killing a variety of ocean dwellers for purposes which have been proven not to work well or at all.

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