Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, GN 31, 10 August 2005
Department of the Environment and Heritage, July 2005

Commonwealth of Australia
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation

I, IAN GORDON CAMPBELL, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) the application from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), public comments on the proposal as required under section 303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in section 303FN of the Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens listed under Part 13 of the Act, taken in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery, as defined in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan, 2005 made under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with section 303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 20 July 2008; and
  2. is subject to the following conditions:
    1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan 2005.
    2. AFMA will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage of any changes to the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan 2005 or other significant policy documents.
    3. Reports to be produced and presented to the Department of the Environment and Heritage annually, and to include:
      • a statement of the extent to which the performance criteria of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan 2005 were met in the year; and
      • information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of AFMA in implementing the recommendations made in the Strategic Assessment of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery 2005.

Dated this 28th day of July 2005

[signed]

Ian Campbell
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, a person whose interests are affected by this decision may apply for a statement of reasons and for independent review of the decision. An application for a statement of reason may be made in writing to the Department of the Environment and Heritage within 28 days of the date of the declaration. An application for independent review may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on payment of the relevant fee within 28 days of the date of the declaration, or if reasons are sought, within 28 days of receipt of reasons. Further information may be obtained from the Director, Sustainable Fisheries Section.