Assessment of the New South Wales Estuary General Fishery 2003

Environmental assessment of the Ecologically Sustainability of management arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4922 2


About the report

NSW Fisheries has provided a submission for the Estuary General Fishery (EGF) addressing the Commonwealth's Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, (hereafter referred to as the Guidelines) to seek exemption from the export controls of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (Part 13A) (formerly the Wildlife Protection (Regulation of Exports and Imports) Act 1982). The NSW Fisheries submission comprises an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Fishery Management Strategy (FMS). The EIS contains the draft FMS and environmental impact assessment (EIA). Over the period of consultation while the FMS was under development, NSW Fisheries undertook a complete review of the operational rules for the fishery. Department of the Environment and Heritage (EA) provided a number of formal comments and meetings occurred between EA and NSW Fisheries during which preliminary drafts were refined. EA acknowledges the significant changes that NSW Fisheries has made to the FMS as a result of consultation with our Department as well as other stakeholders.

New processes under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 require NSW Fisheries, on behalf of the commercial fishers, to prepare a draft FMS and environmental assessment. The guidelines issued by Planning NSW (previously the Department of Urban Affairs and Planning) to develop the EIS package in line with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 are complementary to the Guidelines, allowing NSW Fisheries to submit these documents to EA for export assessment. This document reports on the assessment of the New South Wales Estuary General Fishery against the Guidelines.

NSW Fisheries released the Estuary General EIS for public comment on 16 November 2001. Stakeholders, interested parties and other members of the public were invited to comment on the EIS. The public comment period ended on 18 January 2002 with a total of thirty-eight (38) written submissions received. NSW Fisheries identified 194 comments within the 35 submissions.

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