Tasmanian Kelp Fishery

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, S 33, 23 February 2005

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

I, Ian Cresswell, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Sustainable Fisheries 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 Act) the application from the Kelp Industries Pty Ltd, public comments on the proposal as required under S303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in Section 303FN of the Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of beach- washed bull kelp (Durvillaea potatorum), harvested from specified beaches of King Island, Tasmania by a number of licensed harvesters under the Tasmanian Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and processed by Kelp Industries Pty Ltd, to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with S303FN (2) and (10)(b), for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 19 February 2008 and;
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under s.303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this 18th day of February 2005

Ian Cresswell
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 Kelp Industries Pty Ltd Operations as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation

Regulated native specimens to which the Declaration applies
Taxon Common name Product type
Durvillaea potatorum Bull Kelp Processed dried parts and products from King Island operations

Additional provision (S303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of beach-washed bull kelp (Durvillaea potatorum), harvested from specified beaches of King Island, Tasmania by a number of licensed harvesters under the Tasmanian Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and processed by Kelp Industries Pty Ltd.

  1. Harvesting of beach-cast Durvillaea potatorum is restricted to:
    1. the west coast of King Island between Cape Wickham and approximately five kilometres due south of Ettrick Beach;
    2. the south coast of King Island from Surprise Bay to the east of Stokes Point; and
    3. the south-east coast of King Island from three areas around Red Hut Point, Grassy Harbour and City of Melbourne Bay.
  2. Harvesting is to be in accordance with conditions stipulated on relevant licences issued by the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (TDPIWE).
  3. The harvest is restricted to a maximum of 50% of available beach-washed material at each harvesting site.
  4. Harvesting and transporting of kelp and/or equipment is prohibited from August to March (inclusive) on sandy beaches, except the north-end of British Admiral Beach and any other sandy beach for which a representative from TDPIWE has verified in writing that harvesting would not be detrimental to nesting Thinornis rubricollis (hooded plovers).
  5. Recording of monthly harvest figures is to be undertaken as specified by the Secretary of the Department of the Environment and Heritage.
  6. A quarterly report on the monthly harvest figures to be submitted to the Secretary within one month of the end of each quarter.