Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery
Assessment of the ecological sustainability of management arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, December 2006
About the report
A strategic assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) was conducted by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) for the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery (SESSF) in 2003. Decisions were made as outcomes of the strategic assessment to declare the SESSF an approved Wildlife Trade Operation (WTO) under section 303FN of Part 13A of the EPBC Act until 22 December 2006 and to accredit the Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Management Plan 2003 (SESSF Plan) under section 33 of the EPBC Act in relation to actions affecting the environment in a Commonwealth marine area and under Part 13 of the EPBC Act in relation to impacts on protected species. DEH's initial report on the assessment of this fishery and copies of the declarations made can be found at the DEH website at: http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/fisheries/index.html.
The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), as the agency responsible for the management of the SESSF, has submitted a document for consideration of a further declaration of a WTO under Part 13A of the EPBC Act. The draft document Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery Wildlife Trade Operation Re-assessment 2006 (the submission) was received by the DEH in September 2006. The submission was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 27 October 2006. Eight public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to DEH on the issues raised.
The submission reports on the progress made by AFMA in addressing the recommendations made in the 2003 strategic assessment of the SESSF along with other measures being developed to improve the ecologically sustainable management of the fishery. The DEH assessment considers the submission, associated documents, public comments and AFMA's response to the comments.