Protect California’s Marine Life from Violent Military Sonar and Explosives
Over the next five years, the United States Navy plans to conduct large scale training exercises involving intense sonar pulses and explosives off the California coast, which is expected to result in more than 9.5 million instances of harm to whales and dolphins between Dana Point and San Diego and extending more than 600 nautical miles out to sea.
Impacts to marine resources could spread as animals travel in and out of toxic debris leftover from explosives. In addition, the Navy’s blast of high intensity noise from mid-frequency sonar pulses can impact animals far from their source.
However, before these training exercises can begin, the Navy must ask the California Coastal Commission to determine that these activities are consistent with California’s Coastal Zone Management Act, including goals to protect, preserve, and enhance the coastal environment.
On Friday, March 8th, the California Coastal Commission will hold a hearing to determine whether the Navy’s proposed training activities are consistent with the Coastal Zone Management Act. The Coastal Commission has already prepared a staff report and additional background materials on the Navy's Sonar and Munitions Program, which can be found at: www.coastal.ca.gov/fedcd/hstt/hstt.html.
Please take a moment to ask the Coastal Commission to protect our coastal waters by requiring the Navy to implement additional measures to reduce harm to marine mammals and other coastal resources.