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Paddle out at Torquay, Saturday 23 - opposing the largest seismic blasting proposal in history

18 March 24


News from Darren Noyes-Brown, for Surfrider Surf Coast Branch:

Calling on all surfers, ocean lovers and coastal communities to come together on Wadawurrung Country to paddle out in opposition to the LARGEST seismic blasting proposal in history. We are asking everyone to stand united and show the decision makers that we do not want seismic blasting and gas exploration in our Southern Ocean. - Surfrider Foundation Australia and Surfrider Foundation Surf Coast branch

The paddle out will kick off at midday on 23rd March at Cosy Corner in Torquay, Victoria. 

Bring your board of choice, your signs and your voice. This is an inclusive family-friendly event. You don't need to be a surfer... paddle out on a kayak, a boogie board, or show your support from the beach!

What Is Proposed and What Is At Risk?

Multinational corporations are threating to blast 4.5 million hectares of pristine ocean off Victoria’s coastline from Cape Otway to the SA border. Blasts are as loud as an ATOMIC BOMB and endanger species such as whales and dolphins. The proposed area is adjacent to the iconic 12 Apostles, the Great Southern Reef and significant biodiverse ecosystems. The practice harms tourism and fishing industries, as well as the local communities that depend on healthy marine ecosystems

What Is Seismic Blasting and What Are The Impacts?

Seismic blasting is the first step in offshore oil and gas exploration. The process involves ships, equipped with airguns, emitting deafening blasts of sound into the ocean. These blasts reach 250 decibels – which is LOUDER THAN AN ATOMIC BOMB! Blasts from with project occur;

EVERY 10 SECONDS,

24 HOURS A DAY,

FOR 400 DAYS!

Blasts displace, injure and kill marine life, with research showing harm to zooplankton, dolphins, whales, rock lobster, scallops and octopus. The practice can decimate fisheries, which has devastating flow-on effects for local economies and communities that rely on the fishing industry. Once an area has been blasted, the next step is drilling and extraction of gas. Additional emissions originating from new gas fields will worsen climate change and its impacts.

Paddle Out Details

- Meet at 11:30 AM at Cosy Corner, Torquay 

- Parking available at nearby Point Danger and Front Beach

- BYO signs, tee shirts and something to paddle on

- Don't forget sunscreen, a hat and water

We are also asking those who don’t want seismic blasting and new gas and oil along our coasts to, share this event far and wide, write a letter to your MP urging them to stop this practice.

IT TAKES LESS THAN A MINUTE USING OUR TOOL

 - NEWS FROM: Darren Noyes-Brown – Secretary Surfrider Foundation, Surf Coast Branch



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