Dr. Christian Heesch is interested in the protection and preservation of all forms of marine life, with one of the areas that he has taken particular interest in being the effects that military sonar can have on a number of animals, particularly whales. Thankfully, this is an issue that has been receiving greater attention in recent years and many navies have started defining their own mitigation methods in order to counteract the problem.
Not Operating In Specific Areas
There are a number of areas of the world’s oceans that are considered sensitive, often due to the fact that they contain high concentrations of marine life that could be adversely effected by military sonar. Many navies have chosen to mark these areas out and ban the use of military sonar by vessels that are operating in them.
Military sonar can still cause issues in areas that are not considered sensitive. Many navies now use special fish-finders that are specifically designed to check if there are any whales in range before military sonar is used. This technology is still fairly new, so hopefully further advancements will make it even more effective in the future.
Even with these measures in place, Dr. Christian Heesch notes that there are still many instances of whale stranding every single year. Many navies have now started paying professional research teams to help them investigate the causes of each stranding, so that they can better regulate their uses of military sonar so it doesn’t happen again.