With Terrapin patrols There is little time for blogging. I'm usually a relax and don't get into the middle of a fight kind of person, but this topic has just about driven me over the edge, and I hope it causes you to as well.
I don't know if you have seen all the hype around about the Rutgers seismic testing of the New Jersey coastline, but if you have not here is the short scoop. Rutgers University is commencing a project in which they will be using air guns that fire every 5.4 seconds and emit about 250 decibels of sound under water. The plan is to operate the guns continuously for 30 days along with slightly lower-decibel pings being sent out every second. More about the project can be found in this link.
This data will be used to complete a map of the ocean floor for scientific purposes. This map will be great but think of the consequences there are to getting the data this way. Is it worth it?
Most residents and marine life in and around NJ were greatly affected over the past years between Super storm Sandy and the economic down slide. Most marine creatures along the coast have shown some sort of stress since the storm, so haven't they suffered enough? Their voices are crying out for help and they need to be heard! many sea creatures could be hurt or even killed by this testing, this includes all the fish in our bay which we so heavily depend on for our fishing industry. Fishing is a big part of our economy, an economy that has yet to recover after the effects of Sandy. There are are thousands of documents and research out there stating the negative impact these sound waves have on Marine life. So why does Rutgers not care about the impacts.
I live very close to the Rutgers field station and I have always believed that they were there, dedicated to preserving the environment. Shame on you Rutgers for allowing this to happen in the first place. With all your brains and technology, why can't a better way to obtain this data be invented. Or even simpler, Why could you have not postponed this testing until the winter when it might not effect Marine life breeding habits and well being. I am a student and I can tell you I have lost the respect I once had for Rutgers for letting this happen in the first place.
Is getting a map done so important it warrants the torture and possible destruction of many species. I am all for science but not when it comes at such a heavy cost. Why must this happen? Why should our selfishness be the cause of trauma for so many creatures? If you are thinking that i am only one voice, one being, one insignificant little kid that cant make a difference you are right! But what if hundreds or thousands of us band together across the world to stop this? Would that make a difference? You decide.
Please share this post if you believe this testing is wrong and you feel you can make a difference. There is also a petition in place from Clean Ocean Action that you can sign. It can be found here.
This has to stop now!