[MARMAM] comments on RIMPAC exercise available

Michael Jasny mjasny at telus.net
Thu Jun 1 10:53:48 PDT 2006

Dear all,

As many of you know, the U.S. Navy is planning to conduct a major 
exercise called RIMPAC ("Rim of the Pacific") around the main Hawaiian 
Islands next month, from around July 1 through July 28.  The exercise 
would involve a variety of activities with potential impacts on marine 
mammals, including gunnery and missile exercises, and as many as 532 
hours of training with mid-frequency sonar and other active acoustics.

NMFS has proposed giving the Navy an authorization for RIMPAC -- which 
would represent the first time "takes" from mid-frequency sonar are 
allowed under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The authorization 
would cover only significant behavioral effects and non-lethal injury, 
but (controversially) not strandings or mortalities.

The deadline for public comments closed last week.  I'd like to let 
everyone know that NRDC's comments are available at 


Michael Jasny
Natural Resources Defense Council
4479 W. 5th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V6R1S4
mjasny at telus.net


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