Torres Strait Turtle and Dugong Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Australian Fisheries Management Authority, July 2006

The Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) has received a submission – Draft Assessment Report Torres Strait Turtle and Dugong Fishery from the Australian Fishery Management Authority (AFMA).  The report has been prepared against the agreed Terms of Reference, and the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines).  The submission will be used to assess the management of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 10 and 13 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

In accordance with the provisions of sections 146, 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on the submission.  Closing date for comments is Friday 8 September 2006.

Copies of the Draft Torres Strait Turtle and Dugong Fisheries assessment report are available on AFMA's website at http://www.afma.gov.au/environment/assessment/comment.htm, by writing to AFMA at the address below or by contacting Mr Jim Prescott at AFMA on (07) 4069 1307 or by email jim.prescott@afma.gov.au.

Electronic copies of the Guidelines are available from the DEH website at www.deh.gov.au/coasts/fisheries/guidelines.html or a hard copy can be mailed to you upon request.

Please provide your comments to:
Mr Torres Webb
Environment Policy Section
Australian Fisheries Management Authority
BOX 7051
CANBERRA MAIL CENTRE ACT 2610
Comments may also be sent by fax to (02) 6272 5167, or email: torres.webb@afma.gov.au.

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Heritage 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.