U.S. NAVY & AIR FORCE WARFARE TESTING EXPERIMENTS & PROGRAMS
COMMERCIAL WHALING & OTHER ISSUES FACING OUR OCEANS
Our oceans are under assault from a wide variety of sources. The worst of these are the U.S. Navy Experimental Warfare Testing Programs which were initiated in 2008, and will continue in the Atlantic, Pacific, and the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years. In the U.S. Navy Sitemap Section of this website you will find the U.S. Navy Environmental Impact Statements, a Navy map of all their five year warfare testing areas, notification about those that have already been implemented in Southern California, the Mariana Islands, and Hawaii in the Pacific, and those in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. Many of these 5-Year warfare testing program will be started in the near future unless the public says "NO"! (The U.S. Air Force is also using the Gulf of Mexico for bomb blast testing.) The one that is proposed for Northern California, Oregon, Washington & Idaho is being opposed by many groups at this time and this 5-year warfare testing program could start at any time here in Northern California.
Letter from several Senators including Senators Barbara Boxer and Feinstein to NOAA-June 17, 2009:
"...In many regions, the Navy plans to increase the number of its exercises or expand the
areas in which they may occur, and virtually every coastal state will be affected. Some
exercises may occur in the nation's most biologically sensitive marine habitats, including
National Marine Sanctuaries and breeding habitat for the endangered North Atlantic right
whale. In all, the Navy anticipates more than 2.3 million takes (significant disruptions in
marine mammal foraging, breeding, and other essential behaviors) per year, or 11.7
million takes over the course of a five-year permit..."
Please note that NOAA is receiving funding from the Navy and has been issuing permits for the U.S. Navy to proceed with these warfare programs with limited mitigation measures in place. It should also be noted that most studies being conducted at this time are allegedly funded by the Navy with their participation. The ability of NOAA working as a funded partner with the Navy leads one to believed that their test results will be biased in favor of the Navy.
Our oceans and ocean life are already in trouble and now the U.S. Navy and Air Force warfare testing will create a crisis destroying not only sea life, habitat, fish, mammals, birds, and more for years into the future. When you also add the ocean geoengineering schemes to this mix (like ongoing and unregulated iron ocean fertilization, commercial whaling and other programs), we will lose this vital resouce and its inhabitants. (See the Geoengineering Section of this website.)
COMMERCIAL WHALING ALERT
May 23, 2010
The U.S. needs to honor the moratorium on commercial whaling and oppose any proposal that would legitimize commercial whaling. For nearly a quarter century, the International Whaling Commission's moratorium on commercial whaling has helped keep endangered species of whales from being hunted to extinction.
* The proposed weakening of the ban on whaling would legitimize the killing of endangered whales and allow commercial whaling in the Southern Whale Sanctuary. We urge everyone to support Australia's proposal which would put an end to all whaling in the Southern Ocean.
* The IWC whaling moratorium has been integral to the slow recovery of several species of whale once on the brink of extinction. Please print and sign the petition below and send to your elected officials and the President of the United States.
For more information on upcoming meetings, petitions, and event time and locations please check this website: www.wanconservancy.org/whales/
The pdf files below provide more information about event locations on May 23, 2010, resolution, fliers, posters, and a petition regarding this important issue.
9 1 Underwater Power Point Presentation Amazing Photograph-Unknown Photographers Thank you!.pps (9.5MB) With the U.S. Navy and the Air Force warfare programs these pictures and some old video tapes may be the only thing our children and grandchildren know about the oceans in the future. The loss of so much beauty and bounty, along with a food source for so many people, is a tragedy that is being played out around the world due to wars, waste, overfishing, and greed. We can all do more to reverse our current actions...doing nothing is not an option.
US Navy vs Nature posters:
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BAR Navy Marine 1 big.jpg (2741KB)
Marine Mammals 11.pdf (1.5MB)
Navy Warfare Test 2.pdf (1.6MB)
Postcard Navy Marine 8.pdf (0.4MB)
Postcard Navy Marine 8 big.jpg (3.6MB)
President Obama spoke in April 2010, about working with three other nations to stop commercial whaling in order to protect the ocean's whales. The President neglected to state that he would oppose the U.S. Navy five-year warfare testing programs in the Pacific, Atlantic, and the Gulf of Mexico which will decimate an estimated 11.7 million marine mammals, their food supplies and habitat. It is time that we contact the White House and let our President know that we are included in the list of nations harming the whales and that he needs to lead the world by demonstrating that he is interested in protecting the whales from our own warfare programs. Write, E-Mail or telephone the White House today! http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC OCEANS - APRIL 24, 2010
Dangerous Catch/Dirty Secrets (#201W) Duration: 1:50:50 CC STEREO TVPG
* Most Dangerous Catch - A series of strange, seemingly unrelated events is unfolding across the globe. In the West African nation of Ghana, olive baboons are ransacking crops and terrorizing villagers. Further down the coast in Namibia, a once-rich fishing ground is struggling to recover while putrid fumes are exploding from the ocean depths, spewing greenhouse gases into the air. Half a world away in Puerto Rico, space-age aqua pods filled with fish are floating far out at sea while off the coast of New Brunswick, Canada, migratory salmon are settling into coastal life astride kelp and mussels in a radical new farming experiment. All these events are linked to one activity -over-fishing. Recent reports state that 90 percent of our most important commercial fish are gone and fisheries all over the world are in dire straits. It's become increasingly clear that our massive demands on the ocean are affecting life far beyond the shoreline, including Earth's own life support systems. Can we reduce fishing pressures, restore fish stocks and protect ocean habitats in time to safeguard the health of life in the sea and on land and ultimately our own?
* Dirty Secrets - Scientists and citizens across the world are scrambling to solve a set of disturbing mysteries unfolding along the shores of rivers, estuaries, islands and the sea. Striped bass are succumbing to flesh-eating bacteria in the Chesapeake Bay. Majestic seabirds are starving in Hawai'i. Coral reefs are weakening under a growing assault of invisible contaminants. Meanwhile, a known hormone-disrupting chemical is showing up in streams, rivers and other bodies of water across the nation, potentially jeopardizing the health of animals - including humans. These mysteries share a similar culprit. Each is linked to insidious hitchhikers silently riding the currents of the world water system. Something is amiss in our water supply and experts are racing against the clock to find clues and devise lasting solutions. (Channels and Airdates:
It's called The Great Pacific Garbage Patch and it is poisoning the oceans. Read
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill June 26, 2010 Aerial Video
Book: Black Tide
April 22, 2011 - C-SPAN2 Program
Antonia Juhasz, Author, talks about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, which killed 11 men and released millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Center for Biological Diversity
Ocean Iron Fertilization & Other Ocean Experiments
REMNANTS OF GULF OF MEXICO BP OIL SPILL STILL CAUSING PROBLEMS
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries News, January 7th 2011 Marsh Tour
State and Local Officials Highlight Remaining Oiled Louisiana Coast in Bay Jimmy
Parts of Louisiana Coastline Still Heavily Oiled; Officials Asking BP, Federal Government to Finish the Job
Press Release: Today, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) Secretary Robert Barham and Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser toured a portion of Louisiana’s coastline still heavily oiled by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Bay Jimmy, one of the areas along the Gulf of Mexico coast still severely impacted by thick layers of weathered oil and matted marshland, was highlighted by Secretary Barham and Nungesser as a prime example of portions of the Louisiana coastline still in desperate need of a comprehensive clean-up and recovery plan.
State and local officials voiced concerns today over plans of federal officials and BP to turn the responsibilities for mitigating damage to wildlife across the oiled parts of Louisiana’s coast over to LDWF. The continued presence of pooled oil, oil saturated boom in areas such as Bay Jimmy and Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area (WMA) underscore the need for a comprehensive, long-term plan to rehabilitate the marsh.
“It has been eight months since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, and five months since the well was capped. While workers along the coast dedicated themselves to cleaning up our shores there is still so much to be done,” LDWF Secretary Barham said. “BP and federal officials are ready to close up shop and claim the job is done, leaving the state to clean up the mess. We will continue to push for a real resolution, more than just a wait-and-see approach for the miles of Louisiana coastline still oiled. They may have forgotten the impact on our wildlife and our habitat, but we have not.”
“We continue to find oil in different parts of Plaquemines Parish—Redfish Bay, Bay Jimmy, Pass a Loutre—depending on the tides, wind and thunder storms,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. “We’re concerned about the long-term plan to keep assets in this region to help remove oil and protect the wildlife. This is by no means over and we're concerned that this is being wrapped up before it is.”
Shoreline treatment recommendations (STRs) for areas like Pass a Loutre WMA have been written by contractors for BP, and some have been executed, but rarely to the full extent necessary to restore crucial coastal habitats. For Bay Jimmy, treatment recommended in STRs has yet to begin; state officials are monitoring cleanup operations to ensure they are fulfilled before BP and federal officials pack up shop at the end of February. Oiled boom, once used to prevent oil from hitting the shoreline also remains in numerous locations, forgotten or lost by contractors charged with their maintenance and removal.
Oiled birds also continue to be recovered by LDWF biologists, including three live Brown Pelicans in Bay Jimmy, and one dead Brown Pelican. Biologists also recovered one oiled, dead Brown Pelican in Pass a Loutre and one oiled, live Killdeer. These birds, which were recovered in the last few days, have increased concerns for continued wildlife contamination if marshes are not properly cleaned.
“We will continue to try to work with BP, their contractors and federal officials to come up with reasonable, effective solutions for treating and restoring our coastline,” said Secretary Barham. “But we won’t step back while officials pack their bags and leave Louisiana. We’re hopeful that we can reach an agreement for the next steps in our recovery plan.” If BP and federal officials pass off the wildlife hazing efforts to LDWF, officials will be required to take over operations of hazing tools, such as propane cannons and other deterrents. Federal officials have asked LDWF to submit a Pollution Removal Funding Authorization (PRFA) to the Oil Spill Pollution Fund in order to acquire funds to take over the maintenance and operations of hazing cannons – requiring LDWF to justify why such hazing tools are necessary.
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
For more information, please contact Olivia Watkins at LDWF at (226) 610-8660 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Kurt Fromherz of Plaquemines Parish Government at (504) 450-8779 or email@example.com.
For additional photos, video footage and research documentation please visit: ftp://188.8.131.52/Jan_7_Marsh_Tour/.
Pictures taken on January 7th 2011 Marsh Tour: Plaquemines parish President Billy Nungesser and Plaquemines Council Member Byron Marinovich (Billy pointing over marsh grass)
Council Member Byron Marinovich digs through oil with a pocket knife as Acy Cooper with the Louisiana Shrimp Association looks over his shoulder.
The rest are Billy (with the blue glove) showing thick oil on his hands, in the ground, and hidden behind marsh grass.
Quest PBS-KQED Video on Oceans With Sylvia Earle
She's spent much of the last five decades exploring and protecting the world's oceans. Find out why legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle thinks that we may only have a few years left to save what she calls "the blue heart of the planet." July 2014
Additional Videos & Links:
"...Kayaker captures amazing blue whale footage, above and below surfaceBy: Pete Thomas, GrindTV.com
Majestic blue whales have been feeding off Southern California for months, luring marine mammal paparazzi of all types, including TV news crews, onto whale-watching boats. But some of the most amazing footage was captured off Redondo Beach recently by kayaker Rick Coleman, who was using his helmet camera. It includes surface lunge-feeding and spectacular underwater close-ups of a gargantuan blue whale (pay special attention at the 1:15 and 2:15 marks). It's worth noting, however, that this type of behavior is ill-advised because of the size and power of the great leviathans..."
C-SPAN2 Book: "Vultures' Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores"
December 6, 2011 by Greg Palast - About the Program: Greg Palast presents his investigation of the BP oil spill and talks about the corruption he says permeates the oil industry, the financial sector, and government. This event, held at the Silver Spring Civic Building in Maryland, is hosted by WPFW (Pacifica Radio).
Not One Drop
Riki Ott talked about her book Not One Drop: Betrayal and Courage in the Wake of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill, which follows the story of the Exxon Valdez oil spill from the time of the spill on March 24, 1989, through the residents' pursuit of punitive damages from Exxon. The story is told from the perspective of the residents of Cordova, Alaska, the town most directly affected by the accident. Ms. Ott used slides, graphics, and music in her presentation, and following her remarks she responded to audience members' questions.
Riki Ott is a marine biologist who holds a commercial fishing license and has written two books about the Exxon Valdez oil spill. She had been a resident of Cordova, Alaska, for more than 20 years.
Dolphin deaths mystery in Peru – video
Guardian.co.uk News - February 10, 2012
Hundred of dead dolphins have washed up on a 66-mile stretch of coastline 500 miles north of Lima. Officials are not sure how the mammals died, but believe they may have been hunted. The Peruvian Sea Institute has taken samples to study in a laboratory. The institute also found dead anchovies in the sea, which may have poisoned the dolphins
"Saving the Blue Whales from Ship Strikes" NYTimes Article July 2, 2012 & Video "
...Researchers say ship strikes are a leading cause of death among whales around the globe. Many that are killed are from endangered populations like blue whales that are barely holding on...“These strikes likely represent only a portion of the likely true mortality,” said John Calambokidis, a whale researcher in Olympia, Wash., who documents ship strikes off the West Coast of the United States. Because blue whales often sink soon after they are struck, most such deaths go unrecorded, and Dr. Calambokidis says the true number “could be 10 or 20 times” the number seen..." (Indian Ocean-Sri-Lanka & Other Areas-Today Approximately 15,000 remain from 300,000 once found in the ocean.) Blue Whale Population Declining Along With Increasing U.S. Navy War Ships & War Testing and Experiments in the Pacific, Atlantic & Gulf of Mexico Could Also be Taking a Toll on Blue Whales and their Habitats.
Click here for video and full article: http://nyti.ms/MoFwN2