Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, December 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5020 4
About the assessment report
On 5 February 2002 the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the Minister) signed an Agreement with the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) for the strategic assessment of the SBT Fishery under Parts 4, 10, 13 and 13A of the EPBC Act. Following public consultation, draft Terms of Reference for the strategic assessment were adopted and are available through links on this website.
The draft assessment report – Southern Bluefin Tuna and the proposed amendments to the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995 (titled the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Amendment Plan 2004)(No SBT 05) (collectively referred to as the SBT Fishery Management Plan) were initially released for public comment on 15 July 2002. The public comment period ended on 15 August 2002 with 16 submissions received. AFMA prepared a response to these submissions, making amendments or corrections to the draft as considered appropriate.