Assessment of the Queensland East Coast Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2007

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Queensland East Coast Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery is valid until 12 November 2007 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) received a submission - Annual Status Report - Queensland East Coast Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery September 2005 , Annual Status Report - Queensland East Coast Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery January 2006 and Annual Status Report - Queensland East Coast Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery 2007 from the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries in September 2007. The submission 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 Tropical Rock Lobster Fishery as managed under 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 Tropical Rock Lobster 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 are invited to comment on this proposal.

Closing date for comments was Monday 8 October 2007.

The submission is available for downloading above.

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