Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Australian Fisheries Management Authority, March 2007
About the submission
The current export approval for the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery is valid until 13 May 2007 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) received a submission - Annual Status Report - Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery, February 2007 from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in March 2007. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEW assessment. The submission will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Consideration will be given to:
- declaring the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery (the HIMI fishery) as managed consistent with the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Management Plan 2002, developed under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
- including on the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the HIMI Fishery under the provisions of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery Management Plan 2002, developed under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.
In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal.
Closing date for comments was Wednesday 18 April 2007.
Electronic copies of the Australian Government Guidelines are available from the DEH website or a hard copy can be mailed to you upon request. The submission is available for downloading above.
Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Water Resources for a decision. Copies of comments may be made available to other persons with a particular interest in the application. If you wish to claim confidentiality for any part of your comments, would you please discuss the matter with the Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Section on (02) 6274 1917.