Informally Managed Fishing Permits

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
29 November 2005

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

I, Andrew McNee, Assistant Secretary, Marine Environment Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) the application from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, 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 EPBC 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 accordance with permit conditions stipulated for the Commonwealth Informally Managed Fishing Permits, in force under the Commonwealth Fisheries Management Act 1991, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with subsections 303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 28 November 2006; and
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this 29th day of November 2005

[signed]

Andrew McNee
Delegate of the 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.


Schedule

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Commonwealth Informally Managed Fishing Permits as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation

Additional Provisions (section 303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of fish specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act, taken in accordance with permit conditions stipulated for the Commonwealth Informally Managed Fishing Permits, in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

  1. Operation of the permits will be carried out in accordance with the IMFP Fishing Permit conditions as in force under the Commonwealth Fisheries Management Act 1991.
  2. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) of any changes to the IMFP or other significant policy documents.
  3. Within 12 months, AFMA will develop and implement formal management arrangements for the IMFP.
  4. Within 1 month of an interaction with a dolphin occurring, AFMA, in consultation with DEH, will develop and implement an appropriate management response to mitigate against future interactions.
  5. Reports to be produced and presented to DEH six monthly, and to include:
    1. Information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of AFMA in implementing Condition 3; and
    2. A description of the status of the IMFP and catch and effort information.