Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery

Agency submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 2009

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The current export approval of the harvest operation of the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery (BSCZSF) scientific surveys as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation is valid until 17 November 2009 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission –Draft Assessment Report Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery March 2009 from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority on March 6 2009. 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, then Department of Environment and Heritage (DEH) assessment in 2003 with consideration of the subsequent recommendations made in the Variation to the Declaration of an Approved WTO in 2004. The submission will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Consideration will be given to:

  • declaring the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery as managed consistent with the Commonwealth Fisheries Management Act 1991, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
  • including on the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the Bass Strait Central Zone Scallop Fishery under the provisions of the Commonwealth 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 12 March 2009 and the closing date for comments is 17 April 2009

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
CANBERRA   ACT  2601
Submissions may also be sent by fax to (02) 6275 9374 or email
sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au

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.