A high court has ruled that an interdict of a seismic survey off South Africa’s West Coast will remain in place pending the outcomes of a legal challenge of the reconnaissance permit granted for the survey in May 2021. News24 reports that West Coast fishing communities in January launched the main application to have the high court interdict the seismic survey by Australian geoscience data company Searcher, arguing that they were not consulted on the survey and do not believe the company has the required environmental authorisation to conduct it. Searcher has disputed this but the judge took issue with the consultation process followed by the companyt, especially the limited reach it would have in terms of accessing small-scale fishers.