Letter from AFMA - Export approval for scallops taken during scientific surveys
Dr Nick Rayns, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, 27 June 2006
About the letter
The Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery was granted a Wildlife Trade Operation (WTO) exemption in 2003 which expired on 21 April 2006. During this time, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) undertook a survey program that has been conducted since 2000 to monitor the status of the fishery. AFMA wish to continue this survey.
To ensure the surveying can continue, AFMA is seeking a WTO declaration to cover the possible export of product taken during such surveys.
This letter sent to DEH from AFMA, provides further insight, confirming and clarifying the conditions of the surveys to be conducted. Further information is available in the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery- Briefing for Export Approval for Scallops Taken During Scientific Surveys, the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery assessment report 2002 and the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Management Plan 2002.