Assessment of the New South Wales Ocean Hauling Fishery 2003

Assessment of the Ecologically Sustainability of Managements Arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4923 0

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Executive summary

New South Wales Fisheries (NSW Fisheries) has provided a submission for the NSW Ocean Hauling Fishery (OHF) addressing the Commonwealth Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines) to seek exemption from the export controls of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act) (Part 13A). The NSW Fisheries' submission comprises an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and Fishery Management Strategy (FMS). The EIS contains the draft FMS and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) (see Figure 1). Formal comments were provided by Environment Australia (EA) at several draft stages 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 final FMS as a result of consultation with our Department and other stakeholders. Over the period of consultation while the FMS was under development, NSW Fisheries undertook a complete review of the operational rules for the fishery.

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 with the Commonwealth Guidelines allowing NSW Fisheries to submit these documents to EA for export assessment. This document reports on the assessment of the New South Wales Ocean Hauling Fishery against the Commonwealth Guidelines.

The Ocean Hauling EIS was released for public comment from 1 February 2002 to the 18 March 2002. During this time, stakeholders, interested parties and other members of the public were invited to comment on the EIS. NSW Fisheries received a total of 55 + 2 late submissions during public exhibition. A total of 17 form letters were received from various fishing co-operatives, fishing organisations and commercial fishers requesting an extension of 3 months from 18 March 2002 to provide submissions.

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