Strategic assessment report of the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery

Strategic assessment under the EPBC Act
Environment Australia, June 2002
ISBN 0 6425 4901 X

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About the report

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) submitted the assessment report - Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF) to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage on 20 December 2001. AFMA's report was prepared in accordance with the Terms of Reference for the Strategic Assessment of the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery. Among others it contains an assessment of the BSCZSF against the Commonwealth's Guidelines for assessing the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries. The purpose of AFMA's document is to provide for an assessment of the impacts of actions taken under the proposed Fishery Management Plan (FMP) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage signed an Agreement with AFMA for the Strategic Assessment of the BSCZSF on 31 May 2001. Following public consultation, Terms of Reference for the fishery were adopted for the strategic assessment. The draft assessment report Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery and the draft Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery Management Plan 2001 were released for public comment for a period of sixty days. The public comment period ended on 19 September 2001 with a number of submissions received. This document reports on the assessment of the BSCZSF against the Terms of Reference, including the Commonwealth's Guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries.

The Scientific Committee on Wildlife Use (SCWU) provides independent advice to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage. They considered the proposed management arrangements for the BSCZSF and their recommendations have been considered throughout this strategic assessment.

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