Commonwealth managed fisheries

The implementation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) allows the Australian Government to assess the environmental performance of fisheries and promote ecologically sustainable management.

An independent assessment of all export and all Australian Government managed fisheries is required. These assessments ensure that, over time, fisheries are managed in an ecologically sustainable way.

Fishery assessments under the EPBC Act

Commonwealth managed fisheries
Fishery assessments Fishery export
approval expires
Australian export from New and Exploratory Fisheries in the CCAMLR Statistical Divisions 58.4.1 and 58.4.2  
Australia's High Seas Permits 18/05/2018
Bass Strait Scallop Central Zone Fishery 13/04/2018
Coral Sea Fishery 17/11/2016
Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery 22/08/2019
Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery 09/05/2017
Informally Managed Fishing Permits Expired
Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery 07/04/2016
New and Exploratory Fisheries in the CCAMLR Region (Statistical Subareas 58.4.1, 58.4.2, 58.4.3a and 58.4.3b) 15/03/2012
Northern Prawn Fishery 09/01/2019
Ross Sea Exploratory Toothfish Fishery in the CCAMLR Region (Statistical Subareas 88.1 and 88.2) 31/10/2019
Skipjack Tuna Fishery 30/11/2016
Small Pelagic Fishery 26/10/2018
Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery 25/02/2016
Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery 24/07/2016
Southern Squid Jig Fishery 29/04/2016
Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery 15/06/2017
Torres Strait Crab Fishery Not exporting
Torres Strait Finfish Fishery 26/05/2016
Torres Strait Pearl Shell Fishery Not exporting
Torres Strait Prawn Fishery 18/03/2016
Torres Strait Trochus Fishery 26/08/2016
Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 09/05/2017
Torres Strait Turtle and Dugong Fishery Not exporting
Western Trawl Fisheries 25/11/2016
Western Tuna and Billfish Fishery 28/11/2019