U.S. Magistrate Stops U.S. Navy, Whales And Enemies Can Invade

For the second time in less than a week, a federal court has found that a Navy anti-submarine training program threatens to subject whales and other sea creatures to harmful blasts of sonar and ordered protective measures in several sensitive zones, including one near Monterey Bay.

The latest ruling, issued Wednesday by U.S. Magistrate Elizabeth Laporte of San Francisco, applies to the Navy’s use of low-frequency sonar in submarine detection exercises conducted in large areas of the world’s oceans. Navy officials agreed to restrictions after Laporte issued a similar ruling in 2002, but she said they failed to take adequate precautions when seeking a five-year renewal of the program last year.

U.S. Magistrate Stops U.S. Navy, Whales And Enemies Can Invade