Victorian PQ Aquatics - Agency submission 2009

Agency submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, October 2009

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The current export approval for the PQ Aquatics is valid until 31 December 2009, the Small-scale Operation is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission – PQ Aquatics Re-submission  from PQ Aquatics in October 2009. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, 2nd edition (the Guidelines).

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 PQ Aquatics as managed consistent with the the management regime and fisheries permit, 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 PQ Aquatics under the provisions of the management regime and fisheries permit

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 Friday 30 October 2009 the closing date for comments is Friday 04 December 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 contact the Director on (02) 6274 1917.

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