Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery

Strategic assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 20 October 2003

In late 2002, the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) sought public comments on a draft Management Plan and draft Strategic assessment report for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery. AFMA has subsequently altered both documents to reflect the initial consultation period.

The Sustainable Fisheries Section of the Department of the Environment and Heritage has received an updated report - Strategic assessment report - Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery - from AFMA. AFMA has prepared the updated draft Strategic assessment report under the strategic assessment framework of section 146 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The report, along with the draft Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan, will be used to assess the fishery under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the EPBC Act.

Under Part 13A of the EPBC Act, consideration will be given to either:

  • declaring the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery, as managed consistent with the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation under Section 303FN, or
  • including on the list of exempt native specimens, fish species harvested in the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery in accordance with the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery Management Plan

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 is 20 October 2003. Public comment period was extended to 14 November 2003.

Copies of the updated draft Strategic Assessment report and draft Management Plan are available by contacting AFMA on (02) 6272 5286, by writing to AFMA at the address above or at the AFMA website at - www.afma.gov.au.

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage 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 AFMA contact officer.