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Seismic surveying and countless research projects worldwide have shown no evidence to suggest that sound from oil and gas exploration activities in normal operating circumstances has harmed marine species or marine ecological communities. Seismik Technology Company Limited 唯果科技有限公司 ensures that every precaution is taken to provide a better future for our environment.

One of the most comprehensive research studies carried out anywhere in the world was conducted by us and we strive to conduct more research in the future.

This study was done by leading researchers while examing the impacts of a seismic survey on marine life and concluded that it caused:

  • no significant, long-term impact on fish behavior in either caged or wild fish
  • no hearing impacts (temporary or permanent) in fish
  • no evidence of coral damage
  • no physiological damage to fish

Many other studies have been conducted by various organizations around the world.

Teams of scientists prepared major literature reviews of the primary and secondary literature that reported on experimental studies and field monitoring of the effects of sound, particularly seismic sound, on marine organisms. These have been published as Review of Scientific Information on Impacts of Seismic Sound on Fish, Invertebrates, Marine Turtles and Marine Mammals.

These studies have not found evidence that suggests any link between seismic surveys and adverse impacts on marine life.

To date, scientific studies have indicated that the sound related to seismic surveys affect plankton communities at a distance of meters to tens of meters.

Marine seismic surveys can affect plankton at significantly larger distances from the commercial seismic array than previously believed.

The oil and gas industry has significant concerns with this research, including overall replication, sample size, conclusions inconsistent with the data and the lack of a biologically plausible mechanism for the observed plankton mortality and changes in abundance. However, consistent with its commitment to the highest standards of environmental protection, the industry has moved to further research the effects of seismic sound on plankton.

Early research indicates that although zooplankton biomass within the survey area was reduced, it recovered only three days after the completion of the survey. Importantly, there appeared to be no discernible regional impacts from the modeled seismic survey.

More research is being planned to assess potential impacts of seismic survey sound on plankton communities.

Oil and gas operators and marine research organizations are discussing the exact timing of this research. This research is part of a three-year study that will seek to enhance understanding of how seismic sound affects the marine environment.