Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5115 4
About the assessment report
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Western Trawl Fisheries (WTF), comprising the Western Deepwater Trawl Fishery (WDWTF) and the North West Slope Trawl Fishery (NWSTF), 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 fisheries. Following public consultation, "Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Western Deepwater and North West Slope Trawl Fisheries" were adopted. The draft document, "Environmental assessment report - Western Trawl Fisheries" (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) on 17 March 2003. The document was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 18 August 2003. Two 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 26 August 2004.
The submission reports on the WTF against the Terms of Reference, including the Australian Government's Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents, public comments and AFMA's response to the comments. The WDWTF and NWSTF are summarised in Tables 1 and 2, respectively.