Heard Island and MacDonald Islands Fishery

Ministerial Decision
David Kemp, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, 14 May 2002

Dr Wendy Craik
Chair
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
Box 7051 Canberra Mail Centre
Canberra ACT 2610

Dear Dr Craik

You will recall that in my letter of 30 April 2002 I advised you of the outcome of the assessment of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Fishery. I also advised that a number of legislative steps were required before these decisions could be finalised.

I am pleased to advise that these legislative processes have been completed and there is no further action required for the HIMI Fishery until the fishery's next review.

The amendment to the list of exempt native specimens was gazetted on 15 May 2002 and has completed its disallowance period in Parliament. On 30 May 2002 I tabled in Parliament my notice of intent to accredit the Heard Island and McDonald Island's Fishery Management Plan 2002. The disallowance period for the notice has now elapsed and I have recently signed a declaration formally accrediting the management plan in accordance with the EPBC Act section 146 agreement for this fishery. I have also recently given effect to my commitment to accredit the fishery under the protected species provisions of the EPBC Act.

Once again I would like to thank you for the constructive and cooperative way in which your officers have engaged in the strategic assessment process for this and other Commonwealth managed fisheries.

Yours sincerely

[Signed]

David Kemp
14 May 2002