West Coast Deep Sea Crab Interim Managed Fishery - Agency submission 2007

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of Fisheries, Government of Western Australian, January 2007

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About the submission

The current export approval for the West Coast Deep Sea Crab Interim Managed Fishery is valid until 19 March 2007 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) received a submission - Application to the Department of the Environment and Heritage on the West Coast Deep Sea Crab Interim Managed Fishery from the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia in January 2007. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEH 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 West Coast Deep Sea Crab Interim Managed Fishery as managed consistent with the Fish Resources Management Act 1994, the Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 and the West Coast Deep Sea Crab Fishery (Interim) Management Plan 2003, 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 West Coast Deep Sea Crab Interim Managed Fishery under the provisions of the Fish Resources Management Act 1994, the Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 and the West Coast Deep Sea Crab Fishery (Interim) Management Plan 2003.

In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal.

Closing date for comments was Friday 23 February 2007.