For years, science and policy experts from the Marine Conservation Institute have worked to explore and protect the ocean environment off America's Atlantic coast.
We sent scientists to explore the biologically diverse deep sea canyon ecosystems off North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland; we helped discover deep sea corals off the South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida coasts; we helped win protections for these sensitive areas from destructive fishing practices; and aided in the protection of the last refuges of rare Nassau grouper and speckled hind, among other fish.
But now, bone-jarringly loud seismic testing for oil and gas is threatening these places we've worked so hard to protect, and could undo years of science and policy advocacy. The world's last 400 North Atlantic right whales give birth to calves and nurse their young right off the Georgia coast where some of the testing would occur. We need you and others to raise your voices against this outrage. Help us, by raising your voices and providing the resources to support our work in this fight.
North Atlantic right whale mother and calf (NOAA/NMFS)
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Unless we work to stop it, ships will sail up and down from Florida to Delaware, pummeling the seafloor with deafening subsonic airgun blasts of 160-210 decibels, every ten seconds for weeks on end. Some of these blasts are 100,000 times louder than a jet engine. The sounds will travel for hundreds of miles, making it hard for whales to find food or companionship and avoid collisions with ships. Underwater seismic testing can also kill or disable fish and shellfish and other marine life.
According to analysis by the federal government's own Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
, seismic blasts could injure, harass, or kill 138,500 dolphins and whales
, while harming fish and other marine life and making life harder for commercial and recreational fishermen.