Assessment of the ecological sustainability of management arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, January 2004
ISBN 0 6425 4943 5
New South Wales (NSW) Fisheries has submitted documentation to the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) for assessment under Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The NSW Estuary Prawn Trawl (EPT) Fishery Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) contained the draft Fishery Management Strategy (FMS) and was received by DEH in February 2002 after a period of discussion between NSW Fisheries and DEH, during which preliminary drafts were refined. It was released for public comment on 1 March 2002. The public comment period ended on 15 April 2002 with a total of 57 submissions received. NSW Fisheries then submitted a Preferred Strategy Report to DEH for a preliminary assessment. This report was submitted simultaneously to Planning NSW for comment. Comments from DEH and NSW Planning were incorporated into a final FMS.
The final FMS (the submission) was then determined by the NSW Minister for Fisheries and was submitted to DEH for final assessment under the EPBC Act in February 2003. The new fishery management strategy includes significant improvements to the previous management arrangements of the fishery.
The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents, public comments and NSW Fisheries response to the comments. It assesses the EPT Fishery against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries.