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Tell NOAA to Rescind U.S. Navy Permission to Blast Sea Life with Sonar

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Originally Posted: March 3, 2013

Tell NOAA to Rescind U.S. Navy Permission to Blast Sea Life with Sonar

VICTORY UPDATE, March 8, 2013 from Whale and Dolphin Watch

Today in San Diego, the California Coastal Commission said “NO” to the Navy and their plan to deploy bombs and sonar sound off the Coastline that would likely injure, maim or kill millions of cetaceans over the next 5 years. They said that the Navy’s position is inadequate and unsupported by facts. They also said that the Navy did not keep its agreements in the past and that there was no point in making a compromise with them. In attendance were Lyndia, Lance and Kim of Whale and Dolphin Watch, several representatives from NRDC, Greenpeace, many other ocean organizations and dozens of individuals from near and far.

Go here to say THANKS!
http://signon.org/sign/its-time-to-say-thank?mailing_id=10275&source=s.icn.em.cr&%3Br_by=4702315&r_by=406048

Although the decision only affects California waters, it is still significant as it sets a major precedent for the whole country. This will have far reaching implications for what can be done next, and ultimately the safety of our cetacean friends, the health of our oceans and our planet. In this case, your participation may have shifted the tide that has so long moved in the direction of disrespect and outright disregard for our oceans. We hear from a major environmental organization that your signatures have energized this movement in a big way!!!

We are not done with this issue yet. This week end is our last chance for signatures on our petition to go to NOAA/National Marine Fisheries on Monday. Will you help us out?

Here’s what we want you to do next:

 1. Call and network with your friends and get them to sign this last petition
2. Post on your Facebook page
3. Go to our Facebook page and like us (link on our website)
4. Sign up for ongoing information Whale and Dolphin Watch to keep abreast of this issue

FROM Whale and Dolphin Watch

ACTION

Tell NOAA to rescind their decision to authorize and enable the U.S. Navy to cause such obvious and unnecessary harm to our ocean’s wildlife by not granting the permit they seek that would allow them to use sonar and other equipment. This staggering and unprecedented amount of harm is the Navy’s own estimate of impacts from its training and testing activities to more than 40 marine mammal species, which can include loss of hearing, maiming or bleeding to death.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://signon.org/sign/stop-us-navy-plans-to-1

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

NOAA Fisheries Service
1315 East West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Office of Protected Resources
National Marine Fisheries Service
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910
phone (301) 427-8400
fax (301) 713-0376
PR.Webmaster@noaa.gov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/usnoaagov

Find and contact your U.S. Senators
http://www.senate.gov/

Find and contact your U.S. Representative
http://www.house.gov/ 

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

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 whale dolphin sonar Navy

The U.S. Navy is seeking permission to kill, permanently injure, or otherwise seriously harm whales and dolphins more than 31 million times over the next five years throughout Southern California, Hawaii, the Gulf of Mexico, and along the Atlantic Coast, using sonar and other equipment. This staggering and unprecedented amount of harm is the Navy’s own estimate of impacts from its training and testing activities to more than 40 marine mammal species, which can include loss of hearing, maiming or bleeding to death.

The Navy is seeking permission to increase the use of this devastating sound and to use it intensively throughout an area the size of the country of Mexico. This is our last opportunity to comment on this proposal. The Navy should not be allowed to inflict harm to marine wildlife!

The Navy will use underwater explosions, sinking of ships and active sonar so loud and intense it can seriously harm or kill marine mammals. This sonar alone has been implicated in mass stranding of marine mammals all over the world. Now they are asking to radically increase what they have done in the past, knowing that its activities will kill, maim, and harass millions of marine mammals including 9 species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Maybe you have watched a whale, dolphin, otter, seal or other marine mammal, in the wild, or seen "Flipper" or other cetaceans on TV. Possibly you have dreamed of swimming with them one day. If this is so, you know in your heart we must do everything we can to protect them. We know how special they are and why we are in such awe of them. We cannot allow this travesty to occur in our oceans when we have the ability to stop or minimize this damage.

Fortunately, there is the possibility to minimize the damage by taking action right now. The National Marine Fisheries Service's job is to protect marine mammals and endangered species. With your signature, we will let them know we are watching, we are expecting them to do their job, and we are not going to tolerate this mass destruction in our oceans.

By law the Fisheries Service has to let the public comment on its preliminary decision. We have until March 11, 2013. It has never been more important than it is right now for all of us to act.  


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