Working With The Fishing Industry

The oil and gas industry and the fishing industries can successfully coexist. Both are very important contributors to the Australian economy. They share the oceans and are invested in protecting the environment for their own future. Stakeholder engagement, including strong communication with the fishing industry, is a regulatory requirement for all oil and gas permit titleholders.

The aim of the program is to help balance human activity and sustainability, to ensure future developments co-exist with the area's environment, industries and the community.

The Great Australian Bight Research Program

Understanding how oil and gas activities might reshape a community is crucial to ensure the change is positive and that potential benefits are fully realised both socially and economically, as well as how change can best be integrated.

The Great Australian Bight Research Program is a 4 year, $20 million program to improve understanding of the environment, economic and social values of the GAB. It is a collaboration between BP, CSIRO, the South Australian Research and Development Institute (SARDI), the University of Adelaide and Flinders University. Industry has already contributed $16 million to the GAB Research Program.

The aim of the program is to help balance human activity and sustainability, to ensure future developments co-exist with the area’s environment, industries and the community. One project within this program studies southern bluefin tuna in the Great Australian Bight, in the context of oil and gas exploration and extraction, with the aim of providing important information for the identification and development of mitigation measures that may need to be implemented to reduce impacts, resulting in long-term benefits for the fishing and aquaculture industry, the Bight ecosystem, and the broader Australian community.

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