Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery

Submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, October 2010

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About the submission

The current export approval for the TSTRLF is valid until 23 November 2010 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) received a submission – Annual Status Report –Torres Strait Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery – September 2010 from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in October 2010. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, 2nd edition (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original SEWPaC assessment. The submission will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Consideration will be given to:

  • declaring the TSTRLF as managed consistent with the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 and Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
  • including on the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the TSTRLF under the provisions of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 and Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985.

In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal. 

Call for public comments open from 13 October 2010 until 12 November 2010.

The submission is available for downloading above.


Please submit your comments to the address below:

The Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA   ACT  2601

Submissions may also be sent by fax to (02) 6275 9374 or email sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities for a decision. Copies of comments may be made available to other persons with a particular interest in the application. If you wish to claim confidentiality for any part of your comments, would you please discuss the matter with the Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Section on (02) 6274 1917.

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