Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, July 2006
ISBN 0 6425 5256 8
About the report
The Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery (TGCF) was first assessed by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in July 2003 under Parts 13 and 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 December 2002. In light of a number of concerns that needed to be addressed to manage environmental risks in the long term, the TGCF was declared an approved Wildlife Trade Operation (WTO), under Part 13A of the EPBC Act. This declaration allowed the export of product from the fishery for three years.
As the 2003 WTO declaration for the TGCF expires in 2006, 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 Assessing the Ecological Sustainability of the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery (the submission) was received by DEH in April 2006. The submission was released for a public comment period that expired on 2 June 2006. No public comments were received. A final submission was received from DPIW in June 2006.
The submission reports on the TGCF against the Guidelines. The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents.