Queensland Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 27 November 2005

Commonwealth of Australia
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation

I, Andrew McNee, Assistant Secretary, Marine Environment Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) the application from the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, public comments on the proposal as required under section 303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in section 303FN of the EPBC Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act, taken in the Queensland Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery, as defined in the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 1995, in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with s.303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 25 November 2008 and;
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this twenty seventh day of November 2005

[signed]

Andrew McNee
Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, a person whose interests are affected by this decision may apply for a statement of reasons and for independent review of the decision. An application for a statement of reason may be made in writing to Environment Australia within 28 days of the date of the declaration. An application for independent review may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on payment of the relevant fee within 28 days of the date of the declaration, or if reasons are sought, within 28 days of receipt of reasons. Further information may be obtained from the Director, Sustainable Fisheries Section.

Schedule

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Queensland Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery (MAFF) as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation

Additional Provisions (s.303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of fish specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates taken in the MAFF.

  1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the MAFF management regime in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 1995.
  2. The Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries (DPI&F) will advise the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH ) of any material change to the MAFF's legislated management arrangements that could affect the criteria on which EPBC decisions are based, within three months of that change being made.
  3. The declaration covers the MAFF only to the extent that the MAFF relates to specimens that:
    1. are not listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act, or
    2. are listed marine species that are not taken in the Commonwealth marine area, or
    3. are listed marine species that are taken in the Commonwealth marine area according to the specifications of a wildlife conservation plan negotiated between DPI&F and DEH.
  4. Reports to be produced and presented to DEH annually, and to include:
    1. information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of DPI&F in implementing the recommendations made in the Assessment of the Queensland Marine Aquarium Fish Fishery 2005;
    2. a description of the status of the fishery and catch and effort information;
    3. a statement of the performance of the fishery against objectives, performance indicators and measures once developed; and
    4. iv. research undertaken or completed relevant to the fishery.