Rachel Procop, founder of Oceana, firstname.lastname@example.org announced on her site August 24, 2013 that seismic testing will be ceased in the Atlantic. This is a progressive mood to the organization’s progress to save whales and ocean animals and fauna.
However, the US Navy released a letter dated July 31, 2013 to the Central Coast Commission of California, that it will begin a five year testing program in the Bay of California in January 2014.
The US Navy announced in the letter that, ‘radical increase in sonar training and underwater detonation off of Southern California begins January 2014.’ The Navy says that, ‘it is open to negotiation.’
The Central Coast Commission had an open meeting last March in San Diego with presentation of potential loss of over 8 million ocean creatures during a five year program of destruction. The US Navy responded that the need for national defense was necessary in consideration of North Korea's latest efforts to continue aggressive nuclear programs. Other Middle East issues were cited.
Whales and marine fauna posted on its August 19, 2013 website that the Navy stated in its letter, ‘ that it refuses in its letter to abide by any of the state’s recommended mitigation measures, such as avoiding training in globally important foraging habitat for the endangered blue whale.’
The National Defense Council ‘s marine project director, Michael Jasny replied to the letter in a written statement: ‘ Its proposal blatantly disregards new science showing that current training levels could already be devastating California’s beaked whale populations and preventing endangered blue whales from recovering near-extinction.’
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