There will be a public hearing on proposed sonar maneuvers in Hawai'i waters on Maui this Friday, 5-9 pm at Maui Waena Intermediate School. The Hawai'i Ocean Noise Coalition with Dr. Marsha Green will hold a public rally at Queen Ka'ahumanu Center at 3:30 pm on the same day. Written testimony to the Navy can be submitted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. More on the Navy side of the story.
The fact that sonar can cause harmful effects to marine mammals under certain conditions is well documented. Then there is the question of National Security. We all care about that. And I hope we all realize that we can't have true security if we don't have a healthy ocean environment. I for one think the Navy could do themselves a really big public relations favor by waiting until the mothers and new babies have left Hawai'i waters before these tests begin, if they do. Please study this issue yourself and comment if you have something to say.