Assessment of the Northern Territory Timor Reef Fishery 2003

Environmental assessment for consideration under Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Department of the Environment and Heritage, April 2003
ISBN 0 6425 4921 4

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Executive summary

The Northern Territory (NT) Department of Business, Industry and Resource Development (DBIRD) Fisheries Division has provided the report "Assessing the Ecological Sustainability of the Northern Territory Timor Reef Fishery" (the 'submission') addressing the Commonwealth's Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines) for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Department of the Environment and Heritage (EA) provided comments on the draft NT submission prior to release for public comment.

The NT Timor Reef Fishery (TRF) submission was released for public comment on 6 July 2002. The public comment period ended on 6 August 2002 with a total of 5 submissions received (including one late submission). A number of responses commented that generally the TRF is managed in a precautionary manner. NT Fisheries provided a response to the issues raised. A final version of Assessing the Ecological Sustainability of the Northern Territory Timor Reef Fishery was submitted for assessment in April 2003.

Following the public comment period, EA drafted this assessment report of the NT TRF submission against the Guidelines. In addition to the NT submission and associated documents, public comments and NT Fisheries responses to them, informed EA's assessment.