Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, January 2007
ISBN 0 642 55261 4
About the report
The Tasmanian Abalone Fishery (TAF) was first assessed by the then Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in February 2002 under Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) in accordance with the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines). This assessment was based on the submission provided by the then Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment in May 2001. The TAF was declared exempt from the export controls of Part 13A of the EPBC Act, which allowed the export of product from the fishery for five years. Interactions with protected species in this fishery were unlikely in the normal course of fishing operations when the fishery was assessed by DEH in 2002 and therefore no accreditation was required for the purposes of Part 13 of the EPBC Act.
As the 2002 accreditation for the TAF expires in February 2007, the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water (DPIW) has submitted a document for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the EPBC Act. The draft document Reassessment of Ecological Sustainability in the Tasmanian Abalone Fishery (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) in November 2006. The submission was released for a public comment period that expired on 12 January 2007. No public comments were received. A final submission was received from DPIW in January 2007.