South Australian Sardine Fishery (formerly Pilchard Fishery) - Agency submission 2009

Agency submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of Primary Industries and Resources, South Australia (PIRSA) 2009

Agency submission on ecological sustainability

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About the submission

The current export approval for the South Australian Sardines Fishery is valid until 15 October 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 - Ecological Assessment of the South Australian Sardines (Sardinops sagax) Fishery from the Department of Primary Industries and Resources South Australia 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 South Australian Sardines Fishery as managed consistent with the Management Plan for South Australian Pilchard Fishery 2005 in force under the South Australian Fisheries Management Act (2007), the Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2007, and the Fisheries Management (Marine Scalefish Fisheries) Regulations 2006, 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 South Australian Sardines Fishery under the provisions of the Management Plan for South Australian Pilchard Fishery 2005 in force under the South Australian Fisheries Management Act (2007), the Fisheries Management (General) Regulations 2007, and the Fisheries Management (Marine Scalefish Fisheries) Regulations 2006.

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 3 August 2009 and the closing date for comments is 4 September 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.

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