Claire Howlett, Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, 20 December 2006
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 Trawl Fishery (OTF) was undertaken in conjunction with the EPBC Act assessment. The Ocean Trawl Fishery Environmental Impact Statement (OTF EIS), containing the draft Fisheries Management Strategy (FMS), was received by DEH in July 2004 and released for public comment on 9 August 2004. The public comment period ended on 10 September 2004, with a total of 34 public submissions received. DEH also provided comments to DPI on the OTF EIS. DPI then submitted a Preferred Strategy Report (PSR) to DEH in December 2005. The PSR provides DPI's responses to the range of issues raised in the public consultation process on the OTF EIS. For the purposes of this document, the EIS draft FMS and PSR constitute the submission.