Torres Strait Trochus Fishery

Submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Australian Fisheries Management Authority, July 2008

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Torres Strait Trochus Fishery is valid until 25 November 2008 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission -Strategic and Export Reassessment Report from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority in June 2008. 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 DEWHA 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 Torres Strait Trochus Fishery as managed consistent with the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 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 Torres Strait Trochus Fishery under the provisions of the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984.

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

The public comment period opened 2 July 2008 and the closing date for comments was 31 July 2008.