[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 
docs.nrdc.org/water/wat_06052401A.pdf.

Best,
Michael



Michael Jasny
Natural Resources Defense Council
4479 W. 5th Avenue
Vancouver, BC  V6R1S4
604-736-9386
mjasny at telus.net


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