Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, December 2005
ISBN 0 642 55201 0
About the report
The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries (DPI) has submitted a document for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). These documents were prepared under the NSW legislated Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process. The EIA process for the Abalone Fishery was undertaken in conjunction with the EPBC Act assessment and is yet to be finalised. The NSW DPI draft document Abalone Fishery: Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) Volumes 1, 2 & 3, containing a draft Fishery Management Strategy (FMS), was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in September 2005. The submission was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 14 October 2005. Nine public comments were received. DEH also provided comments to NSW DPI on the submission. NSW DPI submitted a draft Preferred Strategy Report (PSR) to DEH in November 2005. For the purposes of the EPBC Act assessment, the EIS, together with the draft FMS and PSR, constitute the submission from NSW DPI. The final FMS is yet to be determined and made available by the NSW Minister for Primary Industries.