Wednesday, January 25, 2006
Like Shooting Fish In A Barrel
The United States Air Force is planning air to surface gunnery practice in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. NOAA is currently seeking public comments about concerns that this activity might impact (no pun intended) marine animals negatively. It sounds like they are going to extremes to keep accidents from happening though. To protect marine life the Air Force is going to be doing aerial surveys of the area prior to the target practice. If they sight a dolphin or sea turtle within five nautical miles of the target they will postpone the exercise and change areas.