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Seismic survey approved west of Kangaroo Island

Australia’s national offshore oil and gas regulator, NOPSEMA, has approved an application by oil and gas exploration services company PGS to conduct seismic surveys west of Kangaroo Island.

Conservationists warn the testing will impact on all marine life while the Australian tuna industry is worried the testing will alter the migratory pattern of southern bluefin tuna.

The approval came this week after NOPSEMA rejected the application multiple times over the past two years.

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PGS says the proposed operational period for the Duntroon multi-client survey is September 1 to November 30, 2019 and possibly the same period in 2020. The activity will be as close as 90km west of Kangaroo Island.

Tuna industry concerned

The Australian tuna industry, currently active catching southern bluefin tuna south of Kangaroo Island, is concerned about the impact of seismic testing on the migratory patterns of tuna.

Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Industry Association spokesman Brian Jeffriess last week said the industry opposed seismic surveys in the Great Australian Bight.

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