Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, S139, 18 July 2006

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

I, ROBYN BROMLEY, Acting 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 EPBC Act) the application from the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water (DPIW), 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 taken in the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery, as defined in the Fisheries (Giant Crab) Rules 2006, which obtains its authority from the Tasmanian Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with section 303FN (2) and (10)(d), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 22 July 2009 and;
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this 14th day of July 2006

[signed]

Robyn Bromley
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 Tasmanian Giant Crab fishery 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 TGCF.

  1. Operation of the TGCF will be carried out in accordance with the management regime in force under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995.
  2. The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water (DPIW) to advise the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) of any material change to the TGCF management arrangements that could affect the criteria on which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) decisions are based, within three months of that change being made.
  3. Reports to be produced and presented to DEH annually, and to include:
    1. Information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of DPIW in implementing the recommendations made in the Assessment of the Tasmanian Giant Crab Fishery 2006;
    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. Research undertaken or completed relevant to the fishery.
  4. DPIW, by the end of July 2007, to develop a strategy that provides for defining and monitoring robust target levels of sustainable yield and biomass for giant crab stocks in the TGCF. The strategy should include provisions to review and minimise the impacts of discarded giant crabs and review and address any requirements for additional giant crab assessment and monitoring data.