Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, July 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4920 6
Fisheries Victoria, a division of the Department of Primary Industries, provided a report addressing the Commonwealth’s Guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The draft submission Assessment of the Victorian Abalone Fishery against Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries was submitted for assessment in May 2001 and discussed with Department of the Environment and Heritage (EA) before its release for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 20 August 2001. Two public comments were received and Fisheries Victoria provided a response to the issues raised.
The submission reports on the wild harvest of blacklip (Haliotis rubra) and greenlip (H. laevigata) abalone from the Victorian Abalone Fishery (VAF) against the Commonwealth’s Guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries. The EA assessment considers the submission and associated documents, including the public comments, Fisheries Victoria’s response to the comments, Victorian Abalone Fishery Management Plan 2002 and the Victorian Abalone Fishery Assessment Group’s assessment reports for the VAF .
Apart from the limited harvesting of abalone wild stocks to serve as aquaculture brood stock, Department of the Environment and Heritage’s report does not address abalone aquaculture management arrangements in Victoria.