Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2005
ISBN 0 642 55213 4
About the report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery (MITF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 6 February 2003 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, the Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery were adopted. The documents: draft assessment report Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery (the submission); and the draft Macquarie Island Toothfish Fishery Management Plan (the Plan) were received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in September 2005. The documents were released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 6 October 2005. One public comment was received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the submission where necessary. A final submission for assessment was received on 28 November 2005.
AFMA advised DEH that the draft Management Plan will be submitted to the AFMA Board for endorsement at its 1 and 2 of December 2005 meeting.
The submission reports on the MITF against the Terms of Reference, including the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines). The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents.