New South Wales Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery - WTO declaration 2003

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette GN 50, 17 December 2003

Commonwealth of Australia
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation

I, Ian Cresswell, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Sustainable Fisheries Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with s.303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) the application from New South Wales Fisheries, public comments on the proposal as required under s.303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in s.303FN of the Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens listed under Part 13 of the Act, taken in the New South Wales Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery, as defined in the Fishery Management Strategy for the Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery 2003 made under the New South Wales Fisheries Management Act 1994, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with s.303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 30 November 2006; and
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under s.303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this 9th day of December 2003

[Signed]

Ian Cresswell
Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, a person whose interests are affected by this decision may apply for a statement of reasons and for independent review of the decision. An application for a statement of reason may be made in writing to the Department of the Environment and Heritage within 28 days of the date of the declaration. An application for independent review may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on payment of the relevant fee within 28 days of the date of the declaration, or if reasons are sought, within 28 days of receipt of reasons. Further information may be obtained from:

Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Approvals and Wildlife Division
Department of the Environment and Heritage
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601


Schedule

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the New South Wales Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation

Additional provisions (s303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of fish specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens listed under Part 13 of the Act, taken in the New South Wales Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery, as defined in the Fishery Management Strategy for the Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery 2003 made under the New South Wales Fisheries Management Act 1994.

  1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Fishery Management Strategy - Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery - 2003.
  2. NSW Fisheries will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage of any changes to the Fishery Management Strategy - Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery - 2003.
  3. NSW Fisheries will ensure that ecological sustainability considerations take precedence over other considerations in determining an acceptable range in response to a trigger point review.
  1. An annual performance assessment is to be conducted to assess the performance indicators against the specified trigger points, and of each management response against the implementation timeframes;
  2. If the performance assessment finds that a trigger point has been exceeded or the timeframes have not been met, the resulting actions will be carried out as provided for in the Fishery Management Strategy - Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery - 2003;
  3. Any review reports prepared as a result of Condition 4(b) will be made publicly available and provided to the Department of the Environment and Heritage in a timely manner;
  4. A performance report will be prepared biennially documenting;
  5. The status of the performance indicators compared to the trigger points in each of the two years prior to the report;
  6. The progress made in implementing each management response over the two years prior to the report;
  7. The outcome of any review reports that were prepared over the two years prior to the report.