(Oceana) Whales, dolphins, seals, manatees and other marine mammals could soon lose their first legal line of defense from human activities that cause harassment, injury and death.
In Congress, allies of the oil and gas industry just proposed a bill to gut core provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), an important ocean conservation law that seeks to restore and maintain healthy populations of all marine mammals in U.S. waters. If passed, the bill would make it easier for oil interests to begin seismic airgun blasting and new drilling by allowing the harming and killing of whales and other marine mammals.
The simple truth is that eviscerating protections afforded by the MMPA could devastate marine life and our oceans.
The MMPA is the first line of defense for protecting whales, dolphins, and other marine mammals from harmful human activities in the ocean, like seismic airgun blasting and dangerous offshore drilling. Without it, these marine mammals would be left largely defenseless and exposed.
Along with laws like the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the MMPA helps form the very bedrock of ocean conservation in the United States. Gutting core elements of this law now in this hostile political landscape could have irreversible repercussions and reverse decades of ocean conservation progress. The bill would also eliminate some complementary ESA protections that are crucial for saving marine mammals in danger of extinction.
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