Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST)
February 2009 - Please send an e-message to NOAA and to the White House requesting a reversal of NOAA's ruling in January that the Navy can "take" marine mammals in its sonar training. This ruling includes the Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST) activities along our southeast coast, including the birthing and migrating ranges of the Northern Right Whale.
Help us reverse NOAA's ruling that would allow the Navy "to take" -- to harass, injure or kill -- marine mammals more than 10 million times over the next five years of sonar training. With only 300 or so right whales left, government scientists have concluded that the "loss of even a single individual right whale may contribute to the extinction of the species."
Urge the Obama Administration to reverse this attack on marine mammals and ocean life.
The Navy does NOT need to put marine mammals at risk in order to protect the American people. It could take common sense precautions, such as avoiding whale calving grounds, migration corridors, and critical habitat.
These safeguards would in no way compromise the nation's military readiness. With a new administration taking office, we have an opportunity right now to make sure that the Navy conducts its sonar training in an environmentally responsible manner.
AFAST Final Environmental Statement
Thursday, December 10, 2008 - AFAST FEIS/OEIS is published and available on http://afasteis.gcsaic.com/ . A 24 day wait period will end on 1/05/09.