Researchers to Navies: Stop Using Sonar Near Puget Sound
Last month the Canadian Navy ran an active sonar exercise in one of the worst places in the world for it: the straits and channels outside Puget Sound, Washington. Not only do these waters create a natural duct for sonar noise, heightening the danger for marine life, they’re considered critical habitat for the Northwest’s iconic killer whales – and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Now a group of sixteen scientists – representing much of the Northwest killer whale research community – have come out with a simple message for both the Canadian and U.S. Navies: keep high-intensity sonar out of the whales’ critical habitat. Read more.