Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2005
ISBN 0 642 55206 1
About the report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Skipjack Tuna Fishery (SJTF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 12 November 2004 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, closing on 23 December 2002, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Skipjack Tuna Fishery were adopted and are available through the Department of the Environment and Heritage's (DEH) website (http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/fisheries). The draft document: Draft assessment report - Skipjack Tuna Fishery (the submission) was received by DEH in September 2004. The document was released for a public comment period that expired on 28 January 2005. No public comments were received. A final submission for assessment was received by DEH in April 2005.
The submission reports on the SJTF against the Terms of Reference, including the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents.