Western Australia Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery - WTO variation 2005

Variation to Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, S 84, 26 May 2005

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

I, Mark Flanigan, Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, hereby vary under subsection 303FT(7b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, the Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation dated 26 November 2004 for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than species listed under Part 13 of the Act, taken in the Western Australia Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery, as defined in the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery Management Plan 1997:

  1. Revoke condition a):
    Is valid until 1 June 2005.
  2. Include a new condition a):
    Is valid until 1 August 2006.
  3. Revoke condition b) and the Schedule (dated November 2004):
    Is subject to the conditions applied under s.303FT specified in the Schedule.
  4. Include a new condition b) and Schedule (dated May 2005):
    Is subject to the conditions applied under s.303FT specified in the May 2005 Schedule.

Dated this 25 day of May 2005

[signed]

Mark Flanigan
Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Schedule

May 2005

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Western Australia Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation

Additional Provisions (s.303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of fish specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the Act, taken in the Western Australia Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery, as defined in the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery Management Plan 1997, made under the Western Australia Fish Resources Management Act 1994.

  1. Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery Plan 1997 made under the Fish Resources Management Act 1994.
  2. The Department of Fisheries Western Australia (DFWA) will inform the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) of any changes to the management regime for the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery.
  3. In relation to the accidental catch of dolphins and marine turtles within the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery, DFWA will:
    • Continue to implement an observer program (with a scientifically robust level of coverage) to determine the frequency of interactions with cetaceans and marine turtles during fishing operations.
    • Investigate the feasibility of using an Electronic Monitoring System to monitor bycatch in the PFTIMF.
    • Ensure that fishing operators immediately notify DFWA of any dolphin or marine turtle captures.
    • Ensure that the skippers, crew and observers on all vessels operating in the fishery are thoroughly briefed on the above measures before leaving port.
  4. DFWA, in consultation with DEH, will over the next 12 months investigate long term arrangements to address the interaction of cetaceans and marine turtles with fishing operations in the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery. Specifically, over the next 12 months DFWA will:
    • Continue to monitor developments in potential mitigation measures (both national and international).
    • Continue to develop, trial and test the effectiveness of mitigation measures, including, but not limited to, grids.
    • Investigate other management measures to reduce interactions with dolphins and marine turtles.
    • Implement across the fishery mitigation and/or management measures endorsed as effective and appropriate by the Dolphin Reference Group (DRG), as a matter of priority.
    • Finalise the draft Bycatch Action Plan (BAP) for the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery, including providing the opportunity for public comment.
  5. Reports to be produced by DFWA and presented to DEH every three months, and to include:
    • A summary of all protected species interactions reported in the Pilbara Fish Trawl Interim Managed Fishery; and
    • Information sufficient to allow assessment of the progress of DFWA in implementing the above conditions.