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Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS)

The Behavioural Response of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS) project is a major research undertaking aimed at understanding how humpback whales respond to seismic surveys and to provide the information that will allow these surveys to be conducted efficiently with minimal effect on whales.

The five year project is a collaboration of leading researchers from several Australian institutions, and is funded by the JIP and the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).

The main objectives are to:

  • to study the behavioural reactions of humpback whales to seismic surveys to determine if these have longer term biological effects
  • to determine whether ramp-up of air guns at the start of a survey is effective as a mitigation measure

To learn more about this project please visit the BRAHSS site:

http://www.brahss.org.au/

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