Navy Operation will Violate the US Endangered Species Act and MUST be Stopped

I am a marine biologist living in Kauai and Oahu and I have over 2,000
hours underwater documenting the damage done to our coral reefs and
marine life by the US Navy since 2008.

I have done over 250 underwater documentary movie about Hawaiian
marine life that have been viewed by over 2 million people on National
Geographic, Youtube, Facebook, Hawaiian TV and printed news, UH
students and personnel from NOAA, the USGS, Scripps Institute and
international TV shows.

I am also a licensed endangered species expert. I was trained by the
USFWS and Craig Potter who wrote the Endangered Species Act in 1972
for the EPA.

I have very good scientific evidence that the underwater use of
electric Navy mini submarines, Navy full size submarines and Navy
ships discharge stray electrical current into the sea causing our
coral reef to corrode. This is called Marine Corrosion. I have
developed a time line along the Kauai and Oahu north shore showing the
Navy operations and how they coincide with the deadly Black Band Coral
Disease, dead whales, dead turtles, dead sharks and other dead marine
life.

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The Navy discharge of underwater electronics, lasers, plasma energy
and other electromagentic frequencies breaks down the calcium
carbonate structure of the coral causing the coral to weaken and
become susceptible to disease.

When the Navy uses this equipment along with above water microwave
transmissions there is a grounding out of electrical current onto the
coral reef of which I have documented underwater. When the corals
become weakened then the cycanobacteria infect and consume the coral
tissue. This has been referred to as The Black Band Coral Disease.

According to the US Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal
protection Act the US Navy MUST do a full EIS and Habitat Conservation
Plan BEFORE starting any new Navy operation if that operation has the
“likelihood of altering the breeding, feeding, nesting, migration,
movements or feeding of any endangered species or their habitat”.

I can show that the discharge of Navy electricity into the sea water
from the Navy mini submarines, drones, submarines and Navy ships has
the likelihood to “Harm” and or “Harass” our protected whales, sea
turtles, monk seals, fish, sharks and coral reefs.

The Navy has done extensive studies about the effects of sonar and
explosives onto our marine life and they did get a legal Incidental
Take Permit to harm marine mammals BUT the Navy has not done the
proper study OR received an Incidental Take Permit to “Take” marine
mammals or protected sea life by using dangerous electronics in the
sea.

In my professional opinion the Navy will be in violation of both the
ESA and Marine Mammal Protection Act if they start these new proposed
military operations nearshore in Hawaii  without doing the needed
environmental studies and pursue the needed permits to harm and harass
our marine life here in Hawaii.

We all know that the US military has shifted from the use of nuclear
weapons to electromagnetic weapons, both above and below water. The
Navy also uses elecromagnetic surveillance systems above and below the
sea. Not one proper study has been done yet to show the impacts of
these new high intensity electronics on our protected species and
marine environment.

The Navy is trying to use old studies done on sonar to go forward with
a whole new type of weapons testing. That is like getting a permit to
build a single family house then using that permit to build a shopping
center!

Congress approved the US Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal
protection Act just for this reason! The Congressional Intent” was to
protect the habitat of rare and endangered species and to do the
needed environmental studies BEFORE an “Action” takes place, not
afterwards when the damage has been done. I would think that the Navy
should want to follow the acts of Congress of which have been upheld
in the Supreme Court!

Please sign the petition below.

Aloha,
Terry

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Terry Lilley

Marine Biologist

Over 250 underwater documentary movie about Hawaiian marine life that have been viewed by over 2 million people on National Geographic, Youtube, Facebook, Hawaiian TV and printed news, UH students and personnel from NOAA, the USGS, Scripps Institute and international TV shows.


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