Assessment of the Northern Prawn Fishery

Assessment of the Northern Prawn Fishery

Assessment of the ecological sustainability of management arrangements for the Northern Prawn Fishery
Department of the Environment and Heritage, December 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4942 7

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Executive summary

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) has submitted documents for assessment under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

On 8 July 2001 the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the Minister) signed an Agreement with AFMA to initiate the strategic assessment. Following public consultation, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Northern Prawn Fishery were adopted. The draft documents: Northern Prawn Fishery Strategic Assessment and Northern Prawn Fishery By-catch Action Plan; were received by the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in September 2002. The documents were released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 28 November 2002. Seven public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the documents where necessary. A final version of the Northern Prawn Fishery Strategic Assessment (the submission) and Northern Prawn Fishery By-catch Action Plan (the BAP) were submitted for assessment in February 2003.

The submission reports on the Northern Prawn Fishery (NPF) against the Terms of Reference, including the Commonwealth's Guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents, public comments and AFMA's response to the comments.

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