Sound is a fundamental element of the marine environment. Whales, fish and other wildlife depend on it for breeding, feeding, navigating and avoiding predators -- in short, for survival. Now a plan to open the mid- and south Atlantic Ocean to seismic exploration could drastically transform the marine environment along most of the East Coast.
Seismic activities typically include towing high-volume airguns behind ships and firing intense impulses of compressed air often as loud as explosives about every 12 seconds, 24 hours a day -- for up to months on end. This acoustic smog disrupts vital life functions for marine wildlife.
And the large scale of this exploration means activities off the coast of Virginia could affect endangered species in the ocean near southern New England all the way down through the Carolinas. The amount of potential activity is enormous: The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has already received permit applications to run hundreds of thousands of miles of survey lines during the pre-leasing phase alone.
Take action now to urge the agency to reject the proposal, protect marine ecosystems and keep seismic exploration out of the Atlantic.
April 25, 2014 Action Alert ID# 142
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