Stop U.S. Navy from Harming Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

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Target: U.S. Navy and National Marine Fisheries Service

Goal: Prevent harm to marine mammals and sea turtles from the Navy’s training activities.

Marine mammals and sea turtles are imperiled by U.S. Navy plans to conduct training exercises in critical habitat areas. The Navy’s plan directly violates the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act in that it will result in deaths of up to 140 marine mammals, permanently injure more than 2,000 additional marine mammals, and cause nearly 9.6 million instances of significant damage to whales, dolphins and other marine mammals, including the imperiled sea turtles.

A coalition of conservation groups, represented by Earthjustice, have filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. Navy’s 5-year training and testing plan, accusing the Navy of not finding alternatives to execute their operations in areas that will not cause unnecessary harm to the marine life. The lawsuit accuses the National Marine Fisheries Service of neglecting to uphold its legal obligation to assess a range of alternatives to protect the marine life before giving the green light to the Navy’s increased intensive training and testing plan.

According to the scientific evidence outlined in the lawsuit, the Navy’s active sonar and explosives will cause the mammals severe injuries and disruptions in their behaviors and fatally injure the imperiled sea turtles.

By signing the petition below you will help encourage the U.S. Navy and National Marine Fisheries Service to find alternatives for the Navy’s plan that will prevent the needless injuries and deaths to the marine mammals and imperiled sea turtles in the waters off Hawaii and Southern California.


Dear U.S. Navy and National Marine Fisheries Service,

The U.S. Navy’s plan to increase its intensity in training and testing activities with active sonars and explosives in the waters off Hawaii and Southern California will significantly harm and cause the deaths of marine life, including many endangered marine mammals and sea turtles.

Scientific documentation shows that active sonar causes severe injuries and behavioral changes in many marine mammals. Furthermore, scientists have found that the Navy’s sonar and explosives cause fatal injuries to the imperiled sea turtles.

You have a legal obligation to protect and reduce harm against the marine life. In authorizing the Navy’s  5-year plan and neglecting to search for alternatives, you are violating the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

I am urging you to not execute the Navy’s 5-year training and testing plan in these areas and to find alternatives that will not harm the marine life and the environment.


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