This Friday, March 8, the California Coastal Commission will hear the US Navy’s plans to conduct large-scale naval training exercises off the California Coast that pose a serious threat to our marine wildlife. We ask you to send a message to the Commission now to demand the Navy protect our coastal resources and wildlife.
These tests off the coast involve intense mid-frequency sonar pulses and explosives. The testing ranges from north of Dana Point to San Diego, and extends more than 600 nautical miles out to sea for another five years from 2014 to 2019.
These activities will result in more than 9.5 million instances of harm to whales and dolphins – including nearly 2,000 instances of permanent hearing loss or other permanent injury and more than 150 deaths.
While activities will be concentrated in Southern California, impacts to marine resources could spread further as animals travel in and out of danger zones and intense sounds can impact animals far from their source.