Protect Dolphins and Whales From Navy Sonar and Weapons Testing in the Pacific Ocean

About the Petition

The U.S. Navy has prepared an environmental impact statement to assess the impacts associated with a five-year authorization of military testing and training operations off the coast of the Pacific Northwest in an area that stretches from Cape Mendocino all the way north to the Canadian border, including Alaskan waters. The proposed activities are expected to injure, disturb, or kill hundreds of thousands of individuals comprising 29 marine mammal species, which are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

Proposed activities would subject marine mammals, fish, sea turtles, and other sea life to countless impacts, including mid-frequency sonar, which is noise that is billions of times more intense than natural sound. The use of sonar has been directly connected to many instances of beached whales that have died from baro-trauma after military sonar exercises. Even 300 miles from the source, sonar can be up to 140 decibels, which is 100 times more intense than the level known to alter whale behavior.

Tell the U.S. Navy to rescind the proposed training and testing activities and explore alternatives to training military personnel that do not significantly degrade the environment and put hundreds of thousands of marine animals at risk in the global commons. Please add a personal touch in the comment box at the bottom so that your comment will go even further in letting the U.S. Navy know that the public does not approve of the U.S. Navy’s destructive training operations.

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