TELL PRESIDENT TRUMP TO STOP THE ATLANTIC NAVY'S EXERCISE of 2017 & PROTECT MARINE LIFE!!!

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I am troubled and extremely concern about the impact on Marine life of this upcoming US Navy exercise, Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Environmental Impact, and I ask for your support and help to stop it.

Here you have the info about AFTTEIS-http://www.aftteis.com/

The officials responsible not just for the well-being of people of US, but also of Marine Life in Atlantic Ocean should not give green light to this Military Exercise, or to any type of man-made program which has the potential hurt the environment!

We can't allow the environment to be harmed, and ecosystems to be destroyed, and then find out that the processes cannot be reversed !!!

It is immoral, unethical and make no sense!

"We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children", as an ancient Indian proverb said, is reverberating in my ears, and we all should never FORGET that!

On June 30, 2017 the US Navy's released a public announcement and the public comments are open until Aug. 29, 2017. Six public hearing are scheduled in 6 different locations in US, and also comments can be submitted online and in writing, or through a voice recorder at the hearing at http://www.aftteis.com/Public-Involvement1

The dates and exact locations of the live weapon and sonar exercises haven't yet been released. In all, 2.6 million square miles of land and sea along the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico will be part of the aerial and underwater weapons firing.The Navy intends to fire missiles, rockets, lasers, grenades and torpedoes, detonate mines and explosive buoys, and use all types of sonar in a series of live war exercises in inland and offshore waters along the East Coast.

In New England, the areas where the weapons and sonar may be deployed encompass the entire coastline, as well as Navy pier-side locations, port transit channels, civilian ports, bays, harbors, airports and inland waterways.

The Navy describes the weapons exercise as a “major action.” The live ammunition training includes the use of long-range gunnery, mine training, air warfare, amphibious warfare, and anti-submarine warfare. The Navy says weapons use near civilian locations is consistent with training that has been done for decades.


I read a lot of scientific studies about the devastating effects of sonars blasts and other type of military weapons on marine life, and I will show you just few examples to see for yourselves:

*Facts from NOAA.gov itself "In certain conditions, mid-frequency military sonars may play a role in marine mammal strandings .These events appear to be more likely to involve deep-diving marine mammal species, such as beaked whales, in areas of complex, steep bottom bathymetry. However, there are many more unknowns than information regarding the certainty of these effects, and whether sonar-related strandings are necessarily caused by or limited to these conditions." http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/pdfs/health/sonar_fact_sheet.pdf

**Another fact from Nature.com "Whales subjected to military sonar will neither dive nor feed, according to an unpublished 2007 report from the UK military, obtained by Nature after a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

The impact of sonar on whales has become an increasingly fraught issue in recent years, with submarine exercises being linked to several high-profile mass strandings. The US Navy has admitted concerns over sonar’s effects on marine mammals, although actual evidence for harm has been in short supply.submarine' sonar has been implicated in whale strandings.

But military-sponsored tests now suggest that low levels of sonar, which do not cause direct damage to whales, could still cause harm by triggering behavioral changes.

The UK military report details observations of whale activity during Operation Anglo-Saxon 06, a submarine war-games exercise in 2006. Produced for the UK’s Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, it states the results are “potentially very significant” http://www.nature.com/news/2008/080801/full/news.2008.997.html

***Here you have another fact " Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that military sonar exercises actually kill marine wildlife?- John Slocum, Newport, RI

Unfortunately for many whales, dolphins and other marine life, the use of underwater sonar (short for sound navigation and ranging) can lead to injury and even death. Sonar systems—first developed by the U.S. Navy to detect enemy submarines—generate slow-rolling sound waves topping out at around 235 decibels; the world’s loudest rock bands top out at only 130. These sound waves can travel for hundreds of miles under water, and can retain an intensity of 140 decibels as far as 300 miles from their source.

These rolling walls of noise are no doubt too much for some marine wildlife. While little is known about any direct physiological effects of sonar waves on marine species, evidence shows that whales will swim hundreds of miles, rapidly change their depth (sometime leading to bleeding from the eyes and ears), and even beach themselves to get away from the sounds of sonar.

In January 2005, 34 whales of three different species became stranded and died along North Carolina’s Outer Banks during nearby offshore Navy sonar training. Other sad examples around the coast of the U.S. and elsewhere abound, notably in recent years with more sonar testing going on than ever before. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), which has campaigned vigorously to ban use of the technology in waters rich in marine wildlife, recent cases of whale strandings likely represent a small fraction of sonar’s toll, given that severely injured animals rarely make it to shore.

In 2003, NRDC spearheaded a successful lawsuit against the Navy to restrict the use of low-frequency sonar off the coast of California. Two years later a coalition of green groups led by NRDC and including the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), the League for Coastal Protection, Cetacean Society International, and Ocean Futures Society upped the ante, asking the federal courts to also restrict testing of more intense, harmful and far ranging mid-frequency types of sonar off Southern California’s coastline." https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/does-military-sonar-kill/

****And another one "While sonar may prove very useful for the navy wings of many nations, they may not particularly prove great for marine life. The use of sonar has been linked to a widespread stranding of dolphins and whales around the world. Sonar has been reported to trigger certain behavioral and psychological changes in underwater species and can lead to their death as well. The following is some more information on the effects of sonar on marine life." http://www.thenewecologist.com/2015/08/effects-sonar-marine-life/

***** please watch this video about the devastating effects of military exercises on whales and dolphins https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CLzSw9-_sv0&feature=share

Thank you for your time to read my petition, and please support our effort to stop this act of cruelty against Marine Life. Feel free to share this petition with family and friends.

Sincerely,

Dana D

 



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