Airgun Blasts in a Marine Sanctuary?
Marine sanctuaries are created to be safe places for marine wildlife. However, these sanctuaries currently do not have protections in place for marine life threatened by the deafening sound of seismic airguns being used to search for oil and gas resources below the ocean floor.
The Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California is the USA’s largest sanctuary, home to endangered blue and humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles and 525 species of fish. If loud seismic airgun blasts are ever allowed there, many of these animals will be killed, deafened or injured.
Whales rely on sound to find mates and communicate. These loud blasts, which would occur every ten seconds for weeks to months on end, would obscure their voices and could even cause deafness.
This cannot happen.
We need to tell the Sanctuary Advisory Council and Superintendent to protect Monterey Bay’s precious wildlife.