Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2005
ISBN 0 642 55196 0
About the report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), on behalf of the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Torres Strait Trochus Fishery (TSTF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 7 December 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, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the TSTF were adopted. The draft submission, Draft assessment report: Torres Strait Trochus Fishery (the submission), was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in August 2005. The submission was released for a public comment period that expired on 17 November 2005. One public comment was received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised although no changes were made to the submission as a result of public comment. A final submission for assessment was received from the PZJA in November 2005. The Torres Strait Trochus Fishery Statement of Management Arrangements was received from AFMA in November 2005.
The submission reports on the TSTF against the Terms of Reference, including the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission, associated documents and public comments.