Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, June 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5021 2
About the report
The Department of Primary Industries and Resources South Australia (PIRSA) has submitted a document for assessment under parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The draft document Ecological Assessment of the South Australian Abalone Fishery (the submission) was received by the Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) in June 2003 after a period of discussion between PIRSA and DEH, during which preliminary drafts were refined. The submission was available for public comment from 13 June-14 July 2003.
Two formal public comment submissions were received during this period, although several additional informal comments on one of the public comment submissions were also provided to DEH after the closure of the public comment period. While PIRSA provided a response to DEH on the issues raised, no changes were made to the submission as a result of the public comments.
The submission reports on the South Australian (SA) Abalone Fishery against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission, the draft Management Plan for the South Australian Abalone Fishery, the South Australian Research and Development Institute's (SARDI) 2003 Abalone Fishery assessment reports, public comments and PIRSA's response to the comments.