Island miner on whale watch

GROUP 6 Metals has vowed to delay blasting if there are whales migrating through the area. The mining company is scheduled to commence blasting in December ahead of drilling works and mine production starting in the first quarter of 2023. When production starts it’s expected that there will be a couple of blasts per week.

The company has incorporated a philosophy of environmental and community consciousness in their mining actions and plans. The Courier has previously reported on the company’s initiatives around the conservation of land for flora, birdlife and fauna; a feral cat trapping program around Grassy Harbour and the mine site to protect seabirds and penguins.

The latest commitment from G6M is to be mindful of migrating whales when the blasting occurs. In the last migration season, Grassy residents had a front row seat when a Humpback whale put on a display in front of the Grassy mine site. After some acrobatics it continued its journey heading east.

Group 6 General Manager Chas Murcott said miners would look out to sea and put off any blasting if there were whales in the water as they migrate each year. “Checking for whales will be part of our blast procedure and we have a great vantage point from the mine out into the strait,” Mr Murcott said.

Whales migrate north through Tasmanian waters around May-June each year as they travel to their calving grounds, before returning to southern feeding grounds from mid-August to November and are often spotted off the island.

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