Making waves: the impact of seismic testing on fisheries and the marine environment

June 2021

© Commonwealth of Australia 2021
ISBN: 978-1-76093-230-5

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List of Recommendations

Chapter 1—Introduction and context

  Referral and terms of reference
  Conduct of the inquiry
  Note on references
  Structure of the report
  Context to the inquiry

Chapter 2—Impacts on fisheries and the marine environment

  Marine seismic sound
  Existing body of science and research
  Commitment toward environmental risk management

Chapter 3—Future research

  Research priorities
  Challenges to improving the current evidence base
  Interpretation and application of the science
  Rehabilitation and compensation funds
  Committee view

Chapter 4—Regulatory framework for offshore seismic activities

  Key regulatory requirements

Chapter 5—Assessment and approval of environment plans

  ALARP and acceptability

Chapter 6—Approach taken to seismic testing internationally

  Australian regulatory framework
  Goals-based regulation
  Marine seismic surveying internationally
  International conventions
  EIA and control measures
  International research collaborations
  Concluding comments

Dissenting report by Coalition Senators

  Regulation of Australia's offshore oil and gas industry
  Development and use of lower impact technologies
  Research, funding, consultation, and the sharing of data
  The policy mechanism of Good Standing Agreements
  Public consultation requirements and the acreage release process
  Biologically important areas and excluded areas
  The coexistence of the offshore oil and gas industry with the fishing industry

Australian Greens' Additional Comments

  Inadequacy of the regulatory framework
  No new seismic testing permits in Commonwealth waters
  Concluding Remarks

Appendix 1—Submissions and additional information

Appendix 2—Public hearings and witnesses

Committee Secretariat contact:

Committee Secretary
Senate Standing Committees on Environment and Communications
PO Box 6100
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600

Phone: +61 2 6277 3526