Seismic Surveys Nominated as Key Threatening Process to Fish

23 April 2013, at 1:00am

AUSTRALIA - The Commonwealth Fisheries Association (CFA), with the support of industry around Australia, has lodged a nomination with the Department of Sustainability, the Environment, Water, Population and Communities for marine seismic survey activities as a key threatening process under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

There is growing evidence that seismic surveys cause damage to marine life, displacement from habitats and disruption to breeding.

The nomination lists nine species that could become vulnerable or more highly endangered: black jewfish; Bass Strait scallop; arrow squid; scampi; blue warehou; southern bluefin tuna; orange roughy; gemfish; and the loggerhead turtle.

The CFA's goal is to achieve appropriate protection for these species.