TRENTON - The Christie administration is seeking federal court action to halt research that involves blasting the ocean floor off New Jersey with sound waves.
The state Attorney General's Office filed a complaint in U.S. District Court on Friday arguing the federally funded research project will harm fish and marine animals.
The National Science Foundation-funded research is mapping ocean sediment deposits to study how the shoreline has advanced and retreated in response to rising sea levels.
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The state says the project violates federal laws protecting marine animals and wants it halted or delayed.
The NSF referred a request for comment to the Justice Department, which did not immediately respond.
The U.S. District Court and a federal appeals court ruled against the state's efforts seeking an injunction to block the work last year.