marine mammal protection

Navy Allowed to Kill Whales in Hawaii During Sonar Training

Article: Navy Allowed to Kill Whales in Hawaii During Sonar Training

WASHINGTON, DC, January 12, 2009 (ENS) – The federal government today issued authorization to the U.S. Navy to impact whales and dolphins while conducting sonar training exercises around the main Hawaiian Islands for the next five years. The letter of authorization and accompanying rules allow for injury or death of up to 10 animals of…

Court Order Sought to Protect Whales From Ship Collisions

Article: Court Order Sought to Protect Whales From Ship Collisions

WASHINGTON, DC, June 26, 2008 (ENS) – Today, three conservation groups filed a lawsuit to force NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service to require ships to slow down to 10 knots in certain areas to avoid fatal collisions with endangered North Atlantic right whales. Hunted nearly to extinction by the early 20th century, the North Atlantic…

Lawsuit Filed to Block Loud Oil Exploration in Arctic Seas

Article: Lawsuit Filed to Block Loud Oil Exploration in Arctic Seas

ANCHORAGE, Alaska, May 7, 2008 (ENS) – Alaska Natives and conservation groups filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Anchorage Monday to stop noisy oil and gas exploration planned for this summer in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas above the Arctic Circle. Seeking a preliminary injunction to prevent seismic surveying in the Arctic Ocean,…

Environmentalists Win a Second Navy Sonar Case This Week

Article: Environmentalists Win a Second Navy Sonar Case This Week

LOS ANGELES, California, February 6, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court in San Francisco today issued a preliminary injunction limiting the area in which the U.S. Navy may train with a low-frequency sonar system, known as Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar, or SURTASS LFA, that booms low tones at high volume…

Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

Article: Federal Judge Overturns Bush Sonar Waiver

LOS ANGELES, California, February 4, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court today struck down a waiver issued by the White House that would exempt the U.S. Navy from complying with environmental law during sonar training exercises off southern California. In nullifying the waiver, U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper reaffirmed an injunction issued early in…

Court Orders U.S. Navy to Limit Sonar, Monitor for Whales

Article: Court Orders U.S. Navy to Limit Sonar, Monitor for Whales

LOS ANGELES, California, January 3, 2008 (ENS) – A federal court in California has imposed a 12 nautical mile no-sonar exclusion zone along the California coast to protect whales and other marine mammals from mid-frequency sonar used by the U.S. Navy during training exercises. The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California today…