Stop Seismic Blasting of our Victorian Coastline

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The Victorian  Government has released a 3 nautical mile wide corridor of the Victorian coastline for Seismic Testing. This corridor stretches from Port Campbell to the SA border and runs right through the Bonney Upwelling and other significant marine reserves and commercial fishing grounds. But keep it quiet, the Government would prefer us Victorians didn't know about this one. There has been zero consultation and most people who live along the west coast know nothing about it.

http://earthresources.vic.gov.au/earth-resources/industry-and-investment/tenders-and-acreage-releases/oil-and-gas-acreage-release

Seismic Testing involves survey vessels towing an array of air guns behind them in the water. These guns let off extremely load blasts (259 decibels) every 10 seconds, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Sometimes for weeks even months on end. The rebounding sound waves tell the receptors being towed behind the vessel if there are oil or gas reserves under the sea floor. 

There is growing global concern and evidence that Seismic Testing damages marine life and has a greater mortality impact in shallow waters. It kills all zooplankton within a 1.5 km radius of the blasts.  It kills scallops and some invertebrates. It  disturbs marine mammals and can damage their sonar/hearing leaving them unable to hunt and communicate. They know it can interfere with the breeding, hunting and feeding of many marine species and leave them unable to avoid predators. The trouble is we just don't know the full extent of the damage nor the long term ramifications of seismic surveys.

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0025326X16309584

This is in direct contradiction to the recent release of the Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037I

n a time when we should be concentrating our efforts to transition away from fossil fuels it seems like madness to be risking the well being of our healthy and sustainable coast line.  Please sign this petition to The Honorable Jaclyn Symes asking her to adopt the 'Precautionary Principle' and withdraw the release of Offshore Acreage in the Otway Basin until there has been a full enquiry into the impacts of Seismic Testing. Time is running out, tenders close 15th February 2019.

Thankyou Lisa Deppeler 

Bonney Upwelling https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_South_Australian_Coastal_Upwelling_System