Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery
Submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, 30 April 2008
About the submission
The current export approval for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery is valid until 20 July 2008 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 - Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Annual Status Report 2005 - 2008 from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) in April 2008. 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 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Consideration will be given to:
- declaring the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery as managed consistent with the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan 2005 and the 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 Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery under the provisions of the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan 2005 and 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.
Closing date for comments was Friday 30 May 2008.
The submission is available for downloading above.