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Southern Blast – 40-minute film now streaming

3 July 24

With sold-out showings in 2023, now is the first time this incredible piece of cinematography is freely available for our entire community. 

Surfrider is stoked to share that Southern Blast is now streaming on YouTube! 

Directed by ecologist and award-winning director Matty Hannon, the film shines a spotlight on the impact of seismic blasting on marine life and communities that call the Southern Sea home. Featuring Torren Martyn, First Nations Elders, local fishermen and community members, the film is a powerful storytelling tool that captures the beauty of this Southern landscape and the communities who live here.

"We're stoked to finally share Southern Blast with a worldwide audience after its  debut in 2023", film producer and National Campaign Director Drew McPherson said. 

Southern Blast was created to build community awareness about a disastrous proposal to seismic blast 7.7 million hectares of the Southern Ocean. Seismic blasting is the destructive first step in oil & gas exploration—airguns release deafening blasts on the surface of the ocean to map gas deep below the seabed floor. These blasts happen every 8-10 seconds, 200 days a year, over a four-year period.

The latest research from IMAS Tasmania (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Science) points to severe impacts on commercial fisheries and the practice is known to affect migratory whale species such as the endangered Pygmy Blue Whale and Southern Right Whale.

Since filming and after nearly two years of campaigning, the blasting proposal has been downsized from 7.7 million hectares to 3.17 million hectares.

National Campaign Director Drew McPherson shares, "The downsizing of this outrageous proposal shows just how much of a role communities can play in protecting the oceans and local coastlines. But let's be clear—communities don’t want their coastlines blasted by exploration companies at all. The only acceptable outcome for coastal communities is no blasting, as it’s these communities who will live with the impacts."


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