Assessment of the Southern Squid Jig Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, November 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5110 3

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About the assessment report

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

On 25 August 2003 the delegate for the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the delegate) signed an Agreement with AFMA to initiate the strategic assessment of the fishery. Following public consultation, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the Southern Squid Jig Fishery were adopted. The document: assessment report - Southern Squid Jig Fishery (the submission); was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in June 2004. The documents were released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 2 August 2004. Three public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised and amended the submission where necessary. A final submission for assessment was received in November 2004.

The submission reports on the SSJF against the Terms of Reference, including the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission, associated documents, public comments and AFMA's response to the comments.

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