Submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, February 2007
About the submission
The current export approval for the Victorian Giant Crab Fishery is valid until 19 March 2007 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment and Water Resources received a submission – Submission for Reassessment of the Victorian Giant Crab Fishery from the Fisheries Victoria Division of the Department of Primary Industries, Victoria in February 2007. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original assessment. The submission will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Consideration will be given to:
- declaring the Victorian Giant Crab Fishery as managed consistent with the Victorian Giant Crab Fishery Management Plan 2003, in force under the Fisheries Act 1995, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
- including on the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the Victorian Giant Crab Fishery under the provisions of the Victorian Giant Crab Fishery Management Plan 2003, in force under the Fisheries Act 1995.
In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you were invited to comment on this proposal.
Closing date for comments was Friday 9 March 2007.