Porpoising minke whale. Credit: HWDT
WDCS and HWDT put out this press release this morning about the incident that occurred during Joint Warrior (that finishes today):
Whilst our focus in the press release is on the UK Navy, we should point out that we are equally concerned about the activities of the other navies that exercise in UK waters (and elsewhere). As Joint Warrior occurs within the UK EEZ, the US Marine Mammal Protection Act should apply – and so we believe that the U.S. Navy, at least, has completely disregarded the regulatory review required by U.S. law. In fact, we understand that the U.S. Navy has resisted committing to apply for U.S. permits for any of its sonar activities off the UK, even though U.S. law requires it.
Warship in Joint Warrior exercise. Credit: HWDT