Queensland Coral Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, February 2006


About the submission

The Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) has received a submission - Ecological Assessment of the Queensland Coral Fishery from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F). The report has been prepared against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines). The submission will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Consideration will be given to declaring the Queensland Coral Fishery, as managed consistent with the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 1995, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act.

In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal. Closing date for comments is Friday 17 March 2006. Electronic copies of the Guidelines are available from the DEH website at http://www.deh.gov.au/coasts/fisheries/index.html or a hard copy can be mailed to you upon request. The submission is available for downloading below.

Please submit your comments to the address below.
Anna Battese
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of the Environment and Heritage
GPO Box 787
Submissions may also be sent by fax to (02) 6274 1006, or email sustainablefisheries@deh.gov.au

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Heritage for a decision. Copies of comments may be made available to other persons with a particular interest in the application. If you wish to claim confidentiality for any part of your comments, would you please discuss the matter with the Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Section on (02) 6274 1917.