USGS proposes seismic, sonar testing off New Jersey coast

By on August 4, 2014
Cape May Point, N.J. (Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via Flickr)

Cape May Point, N.J. (Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via Flickr)

The U.S. Geological Survey is proposing seismic tests off the New Jersey coast, according to The Press of Atlantic City. The effort aims to send sound pulses into the sea floor to map the continental shelf and potential tsunami hazards in the region.

The proposed testing has been controversial due to concerns the practice may impact marine life and the commercial fishing industry that relies on it. But with a large portion of nearby Atlantic coastline getting the green light to undergo similar testing for oil and gas exploration, approval of the New Jersey coastal project seems likely.

The proposal is currently being reviewed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. If approved, the survey would extend 100 to 350 miles off the New Jersey coast.

Image: Cape May Point, N.J. (Credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, via Flickr)

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