[MARMAM] court decision on sonar mitigation

Jasny, Michael mjasny at nrdc.org
Mon Jan 7 14:07:58 PST 2008

Dear All:


Last Thursday, a federal court in California issued an order, to the
U.S. Navy, requiring additional mitigation for mid-frequency sonar
exercises off southern California.  


This ruling comes in response to a charge from the Court of Appeals last
November, to prescribe mitigation that safeguards the environment while
allowing the Navy to train.  Among other things, the Navy is required to
exclude sonar use from certain high-density marine mammal habitat;
expand its shut-down zone; power down during surface ducting conditions;
and employ additional monitoring measures.  


It is expected that the Navy will appeal.  Please let me know if you'd
like a copy of the decision. 








Michael Jasny

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Natural Resources Defense Council

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