Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, July 2006
ISBN 0 6425 5308 4
About the report
The New South Wales (NSW) Department of Primary Industries (DPI, formerly NSW Fisheries) has submitted documentation to the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) 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 for fisheries. The EIA process for the Ocean Trap and Line Fishery (OTLF) was undertaken in conjunction with the DEH assessment under the EPBC Act. The Ocean Trap and Line Fishery Environmental Impact Statement (OTLF EIS), containing the draft Fishery Management Strategy (FMS), was received by DEH in March 2006 and released for public comment on 23 March 2006.
The public comment period ended on 21 April 2006, with a total of 48 public submissions received by DPI. DEH also provided comments to DPI on the OTLF EIS. DPI then submitted a Preferred Strategy Report (PSR) to DEH in June 2006. The PSR provides DPI's responses to the range of issues raised in the public consultation process on the OTLF EIS. For the purposes of this document, the EIS, draft FMS and PSR constitute the submission.