Assessment of the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, December 2005
ISBN 0 642 55212 6

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About the report

The Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA), on behalf of the Torres Strait Protected Zone Joint Authority (PZJA) has submitted documents for assessment of the Torres Strait Finfish Fishery (TSFF) under Parts 10, 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

On 2 September 2003 the Minister for the Environment and Heritage (the Minister) signed an Agreement with Senator the Honorable Ian Macdonald, Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation to initiate the strategic assessment of the fishery. Following public consultation, Terms of Reference for the Environmental Assessment of the TSFF were adopted. The draft submission, Draft assessment report: Torres Strait Finfish Fishery (the submission), was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in July 2004. The submission was released for a thirty day public comment period that expired on 15 October 2004. Two public comments were received. AFMA provided a response to the issues raised although no changes were made to the submission as a result of public comment. A final submission for assessment was received from the PZJA on 29 September 2005.

The submission reports on the TSFF 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.