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.Learn more