Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Marine seismic testing could influence tuna migrations

Plans for the exploration for minerals on, or under the floor of the Pacific Ocean are well advanced in a number of Pacific countries. One of the techniques used for finding oil an gas deposits is marine seismic testing, which sometimes uses explosives to vibrate the ground.

In a move that could be relevant to Pacific fisheries, Australia's Commonwealth Fisheries Association has called for tougher rules for testing. It's lodged a nomination with Australia's Environment Department saying fish and marine mammals could be affected.

Listen to the radio podcast on this matter here where Australia's Commonwealth Fisheries Association's chairman, Martin Exel outlines the case to Brooke Neindorf, from ABC Rural in Port Lincoln.

Presenter: Brooke Neindorf and speaker: Chairman of Australia's Commonwealth Fisheries Association, Martin Exel

Source: ABC Radio Australia

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