Exmouth Gulf Prawn Fishery - Agency submission 2007

Agency submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of Fisheries, Western Australia, October 2007

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Western Australia Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery is valid until 11 February 2008 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment and Water Resources (DEW) received a submission – Application to the Department of the Environment and Water Resources on the Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery from the Western Australia Department of Fisheries in October 2007. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, 2nd edition (the Guidelines) and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEW 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 Western Australia Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery as managed consistent with the Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery Management Plan 1989, 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 Western Australia Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery under the provisions of the Exmouth Gulf Prawn Managed Fishery Management Plan 1989.

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

Closing date for comments was Tuesday 4 December 2007.

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