South Coast Crustacean Fishery - Agency submission 2011

Agency submission for environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Western Australia Department of Fisheries, August 2011

Agency submission on ecological sustainability

About the submission

The current export approval for the Western Australian South Coast Crustacean Fishery is valid until 30 September 2011 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation.

The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) received a submission - Application to Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities on the South Coast Crustacean Fishery Against the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries from the Western Australian Department of Fisheries in August 2011.

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 conditions and recommendations made in the 2007 assessment of the fishery. 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 South Coast Crustacean Fishery as managed under the Windy Harbour Augusta Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan 1987, the Esperance Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan 1987, the Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 (as they relate to the Albany and Great Australian Bight zones of the rock lobster pot fishery) and the Fish Traps Prohibition Notice 1994 and associated Fishing Boat Licence condition 105 (as they relate to the deep sea crab component of the fishery), made under the Fish Resources Management Act 1994 as an approved wildlife trade operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act; and
  • inclusion in the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the South Coast Crustacean Fishery as managed under the Windy Harbour Augusta Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan 1987, the Esperance Rock Lobster Fishery Management Plan 1987, the Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 (as they relate to the Albany and Great Australian Bight zones of the rock lobster pot fishery) and the Fish Traps Prohibition Notice 1994 and associated Fishing Boat Licence condition 105 (as they relate to the deep sea crab component of the fishery), made under the Fish Resources Management Act 1994.

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

Download the submission

Public comments will be received between 16 August 2011 and 15 September 2011.

Electronic copies of the submission and the Guidelines are available from the DSEWPaC website at http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/fisheries/index.html or a hard copy can be mailed to you upon request.

Please submit your comments to the address below.

The Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
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 Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 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 discuss the matter with the Director of the Sustainable Fisheries Section (02) 6274 1917.

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