Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, February 2006
ISBN 0 642 55252 5
About the assessment report
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 the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage on the Western Australian Temperate Shark Fisheries (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in December 2005.The submission was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 16 January 2006. Three public comments were received. 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 Joint Authority Southern Demersal Gillnet and Longline Managed Fishery (JASDGLMF) and the West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Longline Interim Managed Fishery (WCDGLMF), (together known as the Western Australian Temperate Shark Fisheries (WATSF)) against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines). The DEH assessment considers the submission, associated documents, public comments and DFWA's response to the comments.