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November 19, 2020 - CBC News Canada

U.S. renews navy's right to harm marine mammals during testing and training off Pacific Coast

U.S. renews navy's right to harm marine mammals during testing and training off Pacific Coast
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A U.S. federal agency has renewed the U.S. Navy's ability to harass, harm, and in some cases, accidentally kill marine mammals over the next seven years during training and testing activities off the Pacific Coast from California to Alaska.

As part of its exercises, the navy uses sonar and detonates bombs at sea weighing more than 450 kilograms. These can kill, disturb, injure or strand marine mammals, including killer whales, which are very sensitive to noise.

According to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the navy's testing and training activities qualify as military readiness activities pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

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