Queensland Eel Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Departmnet of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Queensland Eel fishery is valid until 3 November 2009 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission - Annual Status Report 2005, Annual Status Report January 2007, Annual Status Report 2007, Annual Status Report 2008, Annual Status Report 2009, Queensland Eel Fishery 2009 Progress against DEWHA conditions & recommendations, and Benefit-Cost Analysis for Proposed Juvenile Eel Recruitment Past Waterway Barriers from the Queensland Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation in July 2009. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, 2nd edition (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEWHA 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 Eel fishery as managed consistent with the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008, in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994, 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 Eel fishery under the provisions of the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008, in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994.

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

The public comment period opens 17 July 2009 and the closing date for comments is 24 August 2009.

The submission is available for downloading above.

Please submit your comments to the address below:

The Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Submissions may also be sent by fax to (02) 6275 9374 or email
sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts 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.