US Navy Limits Sonar Activity To Save Marine Life

Posted: Sep 17 2015, 5:59am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News

US Navy Limits Sonar Activity to Save Marine Life
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  • Navy decides to Curtail Sonar Activity in order to Save Marine Life

The Navy has done a good deed. It has decided to curtail sonar activity aboard its ships and submarines in order to save marine life forms in the sea.

All the Blue Whales, Bottle-Nosed Dolphins and Porpoises in the deep blue ocean can thank the Navy for its ideal behavior. That is because the Navy has cut back on the sonar activity that it specializes in in order to protect these sea creatures.

The Navy operations going on off the coast of California and near the island of Hawaii are especially pertinent. A federal judge passed the verdict and it is applicable from now onwards.

Meanwhile on the East Coast, training is being closely overseen to reduce the damage to marine life forms. The gist of the agreement that was chalked out consists of limiting sonar use and the employment of certain explosive equipment on the oceanic floor.

While regular drills cannot be done without, the damage control teams are on the case and marine life is their top priority. A delicate balance needs to be struck between necessity and environmental conservation. The measures taken are not as stringent as say the rules of PETA but neither are they as loose and full of laxity as some corporate creeds of MNCs.

One of the ad hoc steps taken by the Navy crew is to stop sonar activity the moment they see any signs of life in the ocean. This of course minimizes risks to the life forms. And when the coast is clear, it’s back to work for the crew who are only too glad to do their job.

Furthermore, research is carried out prior to, during and after the operations to gauge any damage that may have been inflicted on the sea creatures.

Lt Cmdr Matt Knight, a US Pacific Fleet spokesman, told BBC that "the deal would not undermine the Navy's key testing and training requirements."

"Recognising our environmental responsibilities, the Navy has been, and will continue to be, good environmental stewards as we prepare for and conduct missions in support of our national security."

These sonar activities began in the 40s. So its been two or three generations since the Navy started haunting the oceans and waterways. And the marine animals have shown a certain robustness instead of being sickly.

But nevertheless the Navy wants to be an ideal organization and so it has agreed to the strictures placed upon its operations by the federal judge. A sense of personal responsibility and guarding the planet’s ecological balance are priorities that simply cannot be ignored.

The agreement will last for a total of four years. Beyond that other advances in environmental science will have been made and so the Navy will act in the best interests of all parties concerned with the preservation of marine life.

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