Tasmanian Freshwater Eel Fishery

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts - September 2009

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The current export approval for the Tasmanian Freshwater Eel 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 - Application to the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and Arts for the re-assessment of the Tasmanian Freshwater Eel Fishery from the Inland Fisheries Service Tasmania in August 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 Tasmanian Freshwater Eel as managed consistent with the Inland Fisheries (Commercial Nets and Fees) Regulations 1999, Inland Fisheries (Recreational Fishing) Regulations 1999 and Inland Fisheries (Seaward Limits) Order 2004 in force under the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Act 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 Tasmanian Freshwater Eel under the provisions of the Inland Fisheries (Commercial Nets and Fees) Regulations 1999, Inland Fisheries (Recreational Fishing) Regulations 1999 and Inland Fisheries (Seaward Limits) Order 2004 in force under the Tasmanian Inland Fisheries Act 1995.

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 12 August 2009 and the closing date for comments is 14 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.