To undertake scientific research to develop a better understanding of how the noise of seismic airguns affects the behaviour of humpback whales (Megaptera novaengliae) and to develop improved mitigation strategies to minimise the impacts

Cetacean permit application C2013-0007

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About the application

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has received an application for a permit under Part 13, section 237 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The application is to undertake scientific research on humpback whale (Megaptera novaengliae) within waters adjacent to Port Denison, WA. Research activities include observing whale behaviour following exposure to seismic air gun noise. Additional activities will also include the attachment of suction cup tags, attaching satellite tags, biopsy sample collection and photography. The objectives of the research are to develop a better understanding of how the noise of seismic airguns affects the behaviour of humpback whales and to develop improved mitigation strategies. Research will be undertaken by the University of Queensland, University of Sydney and Curtin University.

In accordance with the provisions of section 237(3b) of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal before COB 18 July 2013.

Comments can be sent by email to EPBC.permits@environment.gov.au or in writing to:

The Director
Migratory Species Section
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601