Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2005
ISBN 0 6425 5209 6
About the report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery (TSPF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
On 24 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 Torres Strait Prawn Fishery were adopted. The draft document, Torres Strait Prawn Fishery assessment report (the submission), was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in November 2003. The document was released for a 30 business day public comment period that expired on 19 January 2004. Two public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the submission where necessary. The Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) approved the submission in February 2005 and a final submission for assessment was received on 24 February 2005.
The submission reports on the TSPF against the Terms of Reference, including the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission, associated documents, public comments and AFMA's response to the comments.