Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, February 2006
ISBN 0 642 55210 X
About the assessment report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for strategic assessment of the Small Pelagic Fishery (SPF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 12 November 2002 the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the Minister) signed an Agreement with AFMA to initiate the strategic assessment of the fishery. Following public consultation, the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Small Pelagic Fishery were adopted. The draft document: Draft assessment report Small Pelagic Fishery (the submission); was received by the Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) on 29 October 2003. The document was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 28 November 2003. Three public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the submission where necessary. A final submission for assessment was received on 30 June 2004.