Assessment of the Tasmanian Native Oyster Fishery

Assessment of the ecological sustainability of management arrangements
Department of the Environment and Heritage, April 2004
ISBN 0 6425 5018 2

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Executive summary

The Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment (DPIWE) has submitted a document for assessment under Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The draft document "Application for Declaration as an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 - Export of Native Oysters (Ostrea angasi) from Tasmanian waters" (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) in September 2003, after a period of discussion between DPIWE and DEH during which preliminary drafts were refined. The submission was released for a twenty-eight day public comment period that expired on 20 October 2003. One public comment was received and DPIWE provided a response to the issues raised and amended the submission where necessary.

The submission reports on the Tasmanian Native Oyster Fishery (TNOF Act) against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries. The DEH assessment considers the submission and associated documents, public comment and DPIWE's response to the comments.