New South Wales Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery - Agency submission 2002

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
New South Wales Fisheries, March 2002

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Executive summary

In December 2000, the NSW Government made changes to the way fisheries are managed in NSW. These changes place increased emphasis on ensuring that fishing activities are environmentally sustainable.

The changes require the development of fishery management strategies for each major commercial fishery, the recreational fishery, the recreational charter boat fishery, fish stocking programs and for the beach safety (shark) meshing program. They also require an assessment of the environmental impact of those fisheries. The draft fishery management strategy and environmental impact assessment for the Estuary Prawn Trawl Fishery are joined together in this document termed the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the fishery. Its structure us based on guidelines produced by planning NSW.