Heal the Bay's Marine & Coastal Scientist Dana Roeber Murray reports great news from the Coastal Commission meeting on Friday, March 8, 2013:
After hours of public comment and following decades of the U.S. Navy dismissing mitigation requirements for sonar and explosion practices, the Coastal Commission unanimously voted to reject the Navy's consistency permit!
Heal the Bay board member Dayna Bochco led the charge today by making the initial motion. The Commission sent a strong message that the Navy needs to come back with a robust plan to protect marine animals. Avoiding Marine Protected Areas was also a key message echoed by the commissioners.
"This is a good day for the oceans," said Dana. "I am proud of our Coastal Commission for standing up to the Navy and using their position to protect our coast."