Coral Sea Fishery - Submission 2010

« Coral Sea Fishery
Strategic assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Australian Fisheries Management Authority, September 2010


About the submission

The current export approval for the Coral Sea Fishery is valid until 19 November 2010. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission – Strategic Assessment Report September 2010 – Coral Sea Fishery and Management of Humphead Maori Wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) in the Coral Sea Fishery  from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in August 2010.

The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEWHA assessment. The submission will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 13 and 13A of the EPBC Act.

Consideration will be given to:

  • declaring the Coral Sea Fishery as managed consistent with the management regime in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991 and Fisheries Management Regulations 1992, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
  • including on the list of exempt native specimens, specimens (other than humphead Maori wrasse) harvested in the Coral Sea Fishery under the provisions of the Coral Sea Fishery Management Arrangements 2008-2009 in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal.

The public comment period opens 15 September 2010 and the closing date for comments is 18 October 2010.

The submission is available for downloading above.

Please submit your comments to the address below:

The Director Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
Submissions may also be sent by fax to (02) 6275 9374 or email

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts for a decision. Copies of comments may be made available to other persons with a particular interest in the application. If you wish to claim confidentiality for any part of your comments, would you please discuss the matter with the Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Section on (02) 6274 1917.