Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
21 December 2006

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

I, IAN CAMPBELL, 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 taken in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery, as defined in the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Management Plan 2003, made under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with section 303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 22 December 2009 and;
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this 21st day of December 2006

[Signed]

Ian Campbell
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 Environment Australia 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

December 2006

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) 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 taken in the SESSF.

  1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Management Plan 2003.
  2. Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) of any changes to the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Management Plan 2003 or other significant policy documents to enable DEH to evaluate any impact on the ecological sustainability of the fishery.
  3. Reports to be produced and presented to the DEH annually, and to include:
    1. a statement of the extent to which the performance criteria of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Management Plan 2003 were met in the year; and
    2. information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of AFMAin implementing the recommendations made in the Assessment of the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery December 2006.
  4. AFMA by the end of 2007 to ensure a defined process for expanding fishing effort in each sector of the SESSF to new areas and/or new species is implemented within the formal management arrangements for the SESSF.
  5. AFMA to develop and implement within 12 months formal recovery plans for species in the SESSF classified as overfished, with priority to be given to eastern gemfish and school shark.
  6. AFMA to finalise the SESSF Bycatch Action Plan (BAP) by June 2007. The BAP should include specified targets for bycatch reduction across all sectors, with the aim of minimisation, along with measures to address bycatch mitigation and performance measures to evaluate effectiveness of the various bycatch reduction measures.