SONAR Testing Ruled Out in Dolphin Strandings
February 23, 2012
Katie Moore of the International Fund for Animal Welfare wrote on her blog that Navy SONAR testing is not responsible for the mass strandings of dolphins off Cape Cod in the last few months.
Here is an excerpt:
Last week, I participated in a conference call with the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Navy and NOAA have an ongoing operational plan that monitors for any stranding events that may be related to naval activities.
Throughout this event we have asked NOAA about the status of any planned exercises by the Navy. They have regular meetings and detailed protocols with the Navy for monitoring actions along the east coast of the U.S.
The Navy has not conducted a major training exercise in the Northeast US within the last 24 months. Currently there is only one active area of the Mid-Atlantic coast and according to both parties; Operation Bold Alligator 12, did not involve active sonar.
This was an amphibious training exercise that would not have affected animals in Cape Cod Bay. There was also a COMPTUEX training that occurred off the coast of North Carolina through Florida from January 11 – February 12, 2012, again far away from Cape Cod’s shores.