Submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 4 October 2007
About the submission
The current export approval for the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery is valid until 24 November 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: Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery - September 2007, from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in October 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 Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery as managed consistent with the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 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 Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery under the provisions of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.
In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you were invited to comment on this proposal.
Closing date for comments was Friday 2 November 2007.