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- 3495 days ago -
Tell President Obama to protect whales and dolphins from the Bush Administration's last-minute rules allowing the Navy to harass marine mammals with sonar more than 10 million times along the Eastern Seaboard, the Gulf of Mexico, California and Hawaii.


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Tom M (814)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 3:01 pm
Please send a message to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and urge it to revise these dangerous rules. Your message will be copied to the White House and the NOAA Fisheries Service, which issues the sonar rules for the Navy.

* NOAA Acting Administrator Mary M. Glackin
* cc: NOAA Fisheries Service
* cc: White House

Subject: Protect whales from dangerous Navy sonar

Dear Acting Administrator Glackin

I strongly oppose rules, issued by the Bush Administration in its final days, that would allow the Navy to harass or injure marine mammals more than 10 million times during naval training with mid-frequency active sonar.

I urge your agency and NOAA Fisheries, which is under your authority, to review and reissue the three rules authorizing the Navy to take marine mammals in its Hawaii Range Complex ("Hawaii") and Southern California Range Complex ("SOCAL"), and during Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training ("AFAST") along the entire east coast of the United States.

In issuing these rules, the Fisheries Service relied on the Navy's faulty estimations of harm, and did not meaningfully analyze the cumulative impacts of millions of sonar exposures on populations of marine mammals. In addition, the Fisheries Service did not impose adequate protections for marine mammals as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is critical that you adopt effective safeguards for marine life, given the extensive, long-term environmental impacts of the Navy's sonar training.

For these reasons, I urge you to reissue the AFAST, SOCAL and Hawaii rules after properly analyzing take estimates, accounting for cumulative impacts, and imposing meaningful safeguards for marine mammals.

I know that good science and environmental protection are hallmarks of the new administration. Please make sure the Navy upholds our environmental laws and protects marine mammals.


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Leigh B (211)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 3:05 pm
Action taken, thanks Tom

Cher C (1426)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 3:48 pm

Thnx Tom!!

Chris M (57)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 3:57 pm
Would have signed but my firewall blocks tinyurl!

Amy S (62)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 5:16 pm
signed sealed and delivered Tom...thanks!

Amy S (62)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 5:18 pm
by the way...does anyone know what kind of whale that is in the picture? I have never seen it before...and I am trying to learn more about marine life...if you do could you shoot me a message? thanks!

Joycey B (750)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 6:09 pm
Signed. Noted with thanks Tom.

Your letter has been sent to the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with copies to the White House and the NOAA Fisheries Service.

Debbie L (180)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 8:16 pm
Noted and action taken, thank you Tom

Leigh B (211)
Wednesday March 25, 2009, 10:05 pm
Noted with stern message because our voices are not being heard. Their blood will be on their hands if the killing doesn't stop immediately, this inlcudes wolves, wild mustange, polar bears, whales,etc. Thanks Tom

Kirsikka A (107)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 4:33 am
Noted and signed. Thank you, Tom.

Cynthia Davis (340)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 5:55 am
noted and signed

Bella Fitzpatrick (280)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 6:47 am
Done signed noted and sent Thanks Tom.

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 7:23 am
These wonderful majestic master of the seas should be respected, not treated as a military robot. Are we insane? Nevermind....the answer is only too clear.

paul r (48)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 9:03 am
Many thanks for this important petition - signed and noted

ROBIN M (312)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 1:34 pm

Suri S (39)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 2:15 pm
noted & signed

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 3:10 pm
noted and signed ;)

Margaret S (53)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 3:27 pm
Noted & signed.

Tom M (814)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 4:08 pm
Amy S., the whale in the photo is a Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
I found the photo at, a website with a lot of information about how Active Sonar is killing whales.

Sperm whales are creatures of extremes, the largest of toothed whales, with enormous heads and brains; they are perhaps the longest and deepest diving species. Certainly some live over 70 years. For more on Sperm Whales, see the Cetacean Society International website.

Sandra Martinho (35)
Thursday March 26, 2009, 6:52 pm
Action taken, thanks!

LaJana P (97)
Saturday March 28, 2009, 1:06 pm
Thanks Tom. Noted and action already taken!!
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