Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, GN 47, 24 November 2004

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

I, Ian Campbell, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) the application from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority, public comments on the proposal as required under S303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in Section 303FN of the 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 Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery, as defined in the Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with S303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 24 November 2007; and
  2. is subject to the following conditions:
    1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster management arrangements.
    2. The Australian Fisheries Management Authority will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage of any changes to the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster management arrangements or other significant policy documents
    3. Reports to be produced and presented to the Department of the Environment and Heritage annually, and to include:
      • a statement of the extent to which the performance criteria of the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster management arrangements were met in the year; and
      • information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of Australian Fisheries Management Authority in implementing the recommendations made in the Assessment of the Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2004.

Dated this 16th day of November 2004

[signed]

Ian Campbell
Minister for the Environment and Heritage