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US Navy Sonar said to hurt fish too May 4, 2006

Posted by Administrator in News.

The US Navy is planning on building a 660-square-mile underwater range to train ship crews on detecting submarines off the coast of North Carolina. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) says that the Navy's environmental study hasn't fully appreciated the impact that the Navy's exercises would have. The NMFS also says that the sonar that the Navy would be using would not only affect marine mammals (see US Navy’s use of sonar suspected for the strandings of whales)–but fish too.

Fishing has a big impact on North Carolina. Fishermen need the fish to be healthy to make a living, something that isn't quite going their way. Last year, the commercial seafood harvest only managed to amount to 79 million pounds (39,500 tons), a record low for North Carolina, on top of being in a nine-year decline.

Hopefully the Navy's plan will not go through, because the effects will hurt not only the fish themselves, but North Carolina's economy as well.




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