Assessment of the Northern Territory Mud Crab Fishery 2002

Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Department of the Environment and Heritage, September 2002
ISBN 0 642 54876 5

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Executive summary

The Fisheries Division of the Northern Territory Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development (NT Fisheries) 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 Mud Crab Fishery was received by Department of the Environment and Heritage (EA) in August 2001 after a period of discussion between NT Fisheries and EA, during which preliminary drafts were refined. The submission was released for a thirty-day public comment period that expired on 3 March 2002. Two public comments were received and NT Fisheries provided a response to the issues raised. A final version of Assessing the Ecological Sustainability of the Northern Territory Mud Crab Fishery (the submission) was submitted for assessment in July 2002.

The document reports on the assessment of the Northern Territory Mud Crab (NTMC) Fishery against the Commonwealth Guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries. The assessment considered the submission and associated documents, public comments and the NT Fisheries' response to the comments.

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