Skipjack Tuna Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
30 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 the Skipjack Tuna Fishery, as defined in the 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 Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 30 November 2008; and
  2. is subject to the following conditions:
    1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Skipjack Tuna Fishery Statement of Management Arrangements until such time as a formal skipjack tuna management plan is developed and implemented.
    2. AFMA to inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) of any proposed amendment to current management arrangements for the skipjack tuna fishery to enable DEH to evaluate any impact on the ecological sustainability of the fishery.
    3. AFMA to report annually to DEH on:
      1. the extent to which the performance indicators and measures of the skipjack tuna fishery management regime, once developed, were met in the year;
      2. the progress of AFMA in implementing the recommendations for the skipjack tuna fishery; and
      3. any shift in the use of fishing gear.

Dated this 30th 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.