Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, October 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5086 7
About the assessment report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Coral Sea Fishery (CSF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 12 November 2002, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the Minister) signed an Agreement with AFMA to initiate the strategic assessment of the fishery. Following public consultation, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Coral Sea Fishery were adopted. The draft document, 'Environmental assessment report – Coral Sea Fishery' (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) on 20 November 2002.
The document was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 25 March 2003. Four public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the submission where necessary. A final submission for assessment was received on 5 August 2003. The Coral Sea Fishery Statement of Management Arrangements 2004/05 (CSF SoMA) was submitted as an adjunct to the submission on 26 March 2004.