South Australian Seahorse Marine Services - Agency submission 2009

Agency submission on ecological sustainability

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Environmental Assessment of the South Australian Seahorse Marine Services under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

The export approval for the South Australian Seahorse Marine Services expired on 30 June 2007 and the fishery is seeking reassessment to renew export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission - A submission to Sustainable Fisheries Policy and Assessment, Marine Division, Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts from the South Australian Seahorse Marine Services in December 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 Seahorse Marine Services as managed consistent with the South Australian Aquaculture Act 2001 and Fisheries Management Act 2007, 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 Seahorse Marine Services under the provisions of the Aquaculture Act 2001 and Fisheries Management Act 2007.

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 7 December 2009 and the closing date for comments is Thursday 7 January 2010.

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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