Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery

Environmental assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Australian Fisheries Management Authority, January 2012

Agency submission on ecological sustainability

About the submission

The current export approval for the Commonwealth Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery is valid until 5 May 2012 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities received a submission - Submission for the re-assessment of the Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery, from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in January 2012. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the previous Australian Government 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 Commonwealth Heard Island and McDonald Islands 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
  • inclusion in the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the Heard Island and McDonald Islands 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.

Download the submission

The call for public comments is open from 8 February 2012 until 9 March 2012.

Please submit your comments to the address below.

The Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
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 Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 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 (02) 6274 1917.

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