Assessment of the Northern Territory Demersal Fishery 2004

Assessment of the ecological sustainability of management arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, April 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5015 8

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Executive Summary

The Northern Territory (NT) Fisheries, Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development (DBIRD), has submitted a document for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The draft document Assessing the ecological sustainability of the Northern Territory Demersal fishery (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in September 2003 after a period of discussion between NT Fisheries and DEH, during which preliminary drafts were refined. The submission was released for a 20 business day public comment period that expired on 24 October 2003. Two public comments were received. NT Fisheries provided a response to the issues raised. No changes were made to the submission as a result of public comment.

The submission reports on the Northern Territory Demersal Fishery against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents, public comments and NT Fisheries response to the comments.

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