Queensland East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery

Submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 22 August 2007

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Queensland East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery is valid until 1 November 2007 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation.

The Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) received three East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery annual reports as a submission - Annual Status Report 2005 and Fisheries Regulation 1995 biennial review - East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery, July 2005; Annual Status Report - East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery, April 2007; and Summary Report - East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery, 2007 from the Queensland Government Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in July 2007.

The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEW assessment.

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 East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery as managed consistent with the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Fisheries Regulation 1995, as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
  • including on the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the Queensland East Coast Spanish Mackerel Fishery under the provisions of the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Fisheries Regulation 1995.

In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you were invited to comment on this proposal.

Closing date for comments was Friday 21 September 2007.

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