Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, September 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5085 9
About the report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery (TSTRLF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 25 November 2002, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the Minister) signed an Agreement with the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation to initiate strategic assessment. Following public consultation, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery were adopted. The document Draft assessment report – Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in April 2003. It was released for a thirty-one-day public comment period that expired on 5 May 2003. Four public comments were received and AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the documents where necessary. A final version of the assessment report – Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery (the submission) was submitted for assessment in December 2003.