The U.S. Navy conducts training in many areas around the world. U.S. Fleet Forces Command prepared a study for the training it conducts in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
This study is called the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement (AFTT EIS).
The study is an analysis of potential environmental impacts from Navy training activities. These include activities using ships, submarines, aircraft and weapons systems. Included in the analysis is the Navy’s use of sonar and explosives.
This study is important because it allows the Navy to identify and consider the potential environmental effects its training may have on environmental resources, and be used to help minimize effects on those resources, including marine mammals, sea turtles, fishes, birds, and coral.
The study is also used to obtain authorizations and permits, and to conduct consultations that are required under the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act.