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AUS$ 20 million Study: Can Tuna And Oil Drilling Go Together? Australia, April 12, 13

The Australian southern bluefin tuna industry has welcomed new research into the Great Australian Bight.

An AUS$ 20 million whole of ecosystem study has been announced that will look at the economic, environmental and social value of the Bight.

Oil giant BP is funding some of the research and the tuna industry has had concerns in the past about the company’s exploration for oil and gas in the area.

But Brian Jeffriess, from the tuna industry, says this research is welcome.

“Unless you understand the ecosystem, understand how each of the users of that ecosystem whether they be new ones like BP or older ones like ourselves, we need to be responsible and need to recognize that we each have mutual obligations to us and the South Australian community.”