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Tuna Industry Allows Seismic Work On Catching Ground


Brian Jeffriess, Australian Tuna Association
The Australian tuna industry says it supports a proposal for oil and gas exploration in the tuna fishing grounds off the country’s south coast.
According to the Australian Tuna Association, the Canadian-owned company, Bight Petroleum, is keen to reduce any possible risk to tuna stocks from its planned survey work, and it has guaranteed to start the actual survey in an area which is furthest from any tuna towing or catching.
But the company does want to do the seismic surveys during the tuna season in the Great Australian Bight, between Kangaroo Island and Eyre Peninsula.
Meanwhile, local politicians opposed to the seismic work argue there are environmental risks no matter the time of year.
Bight Petroleum has withdrawn its original proposal after the government wanted greater environmental scrutiny and says it will submit a new application soon. It is organizing public meetings to outline its plans.