SIV is not in a position to stop seismic surveys however, we are supporting our Members through negotiating with the oil and gas companies to represent industry interests. This includes negotiating compensation outcomes should fishing businesses be impacted by seismic surveys. This could include assisting Members with application for compensation.
We will keep you informed with the latest updates.
Update on Prion Marine Seismic Survey. The Environment Plan for the Prion 3D Marine Seismic Survey project (Prion Survey) in Bass Strait was accepted by the National Offshore Petroleum Safety Management Authority (NOPSEMA) on 9 September 2021 and can be viewed at https://info.nopsema.gov.au/environment_plans/529/show_public
The Prion Survey is expected to start approximately end of October 2021 and take around 50 days, subject to delays due to inclement weather and avoidance of whales if required.
Further information on the Prion Survey can be found here
ConocoPhillips Australia will undertake a three-dimensional (3D) marine seismic survey (the Sequoia 3D seismic survey) in Exploration Permit T/49P to enable assessment of the natural gas reservoirs in the eastern offshore Otway Basin. The survey will commence on approximately 20 August 2021 and be completed no later than 31 October 2021. ConocoPhillips Australia invites any commercial fisher that fishes in or near the operational area to register for and attend a virtual pre-survey briefing.
Invitation to Register for Pre-Survey Briefing - click here
In advance of this, please see below updates from ConocoPhillips.
Adjustment Protocol Again, thank you so much for your input and guidance as we have developed this adjustment protocol. Attached is the final version, along with a fact sheet that provides a brief overview. Both of these documents will be available on our website, however we would appreciate you distributing this to relevant members. If you get feedback on the workability/process of making a claim that we can improve on, please let me know and we can continue to work this so that it is a smooth as possible for your members. I acknowledge there are concerns that you have that aren’t in the scope of this protocol – primarily concerns around long term compensation and changes to the market (COVID/ political etc).
Safe Marine Operations Protocol Please find attached the Safe Marine Operations Protocol for distribution to your members. This document outlines the protocols that will be implemented to ensure the safety of all marine users during the survey. All of your members that may be operating in the region during the acquisition window are encouraged to subscribe to the daily 48 hour look ahead notification. Details on this are included in the attached protocol.
NOTIFICATION: Sequoia 3D MSS Seismic vessel to enter operational area. Please be advised that the seismic vessel contracted to acquire the ConocoPhillips Australia Sequoia 3D marine seismic survey will enter the operational area this evening. After undertaking final infield deployment and start-up activities, the seismic survey will commence. We ask all marine users planning on fishing or diving to the west of King Island during the survey to be aware of the Safe Marine Operations Protocols in place and observe the exclusion zone of the seismic vessel. The survey will end no later than 31 October 2021. Detailed information is available on the ConocoPhillips Australia website Otway Basin | ConocoPhillips Australia or by contacting email@example.com