Monday, July 18, 2016
Court Reverses Navy Use of Sonar
can even cause death. The Navy admitted in a 2012 study acoustic sources and sonar use more than 2.5 million times annually exposed marine animals to sounds considered “disturbing”, while around 500 times a year marine animals were exposed to sound levels that were considered to result in injury. Conservation groups led by the National Resource Defense Council brought the appeal of a National Marine Fisheries Service permit that allowed the Navy to impact about thirty whales and two dozen pinnipeds each year. The appeals court ruled 3-0 that the permit violated the Marine Mammal Protection Act which requires the least practicable impact on marine mammals. The Navy's current permit expires this year.