Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 30 January 2004
The Department of Fisheries Western Australia (DFWA) has submitted a document for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The draft document Application to Environment Australia for the Pearl Oyster Fishery (the submission) was received by Environment Australia (EA) in October 2002 after a period of discussion between DFWA and EA , during which preliminary drafts were refined. The submission was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 3 December 2002. Two public comments were received and DFWA provided a response to the issues raised. No changes were made to the submission as a result of public comment.
The submission reports on the Western Australia (WA) Pearl Oyster Fishery (POF) against the Commonwealth Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The EA assessment considers the submission and associated documents, public comments and DFWA's response to the comments.