The Supreme Court rebuffed attempts by a California judge to impose limits on the US Navy last November by suspending the use of mid frequency sonar during training exercises offshore. But that’s not to say the US Navy has given up on whales.
NOAA recently announced they will be working with the Navy to protect marine mammals and assess mitigation measures during sonar training in the Gulf of Mexico and on the Atlantic Coast.
January 23, 2009
NOAA’s Fisheries Service has issued regulations and a letter of authorization to the U.S. Navy that includes measures to protect marine mammals while conducting Atlantic fleet active sonar training off the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. The regulations require the Navy to implement measures designed to protect and minimize effects to marine mammals.
Along with issuing these regulations, NOAA will undertake a comprehensive review of all mitigation measures applicable to the use of sonar and will report to the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the results of this review within 120 days.