West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline [interim] Managed Fishery - ATO declaration 2009

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, S68, 24 April 2009

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

I, PETER GARRETT, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the application from the Western Australia Department of Fisheries, public comments on the proposal as required under section 303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in section 303FN of the EPBC Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act, taken in the West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline (Interim) Managed Fishery, as defined in the management regime for the fishery made under the Western Australia Fish Resources Management Regulations 1995 in force under the Western Australia Fish Resources Management Act 1994 to be an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, in accordance with subsection 303FN (2) and paragraph 303FN(10)(d), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid until 26 March 2012; and
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in the Schedule (dated March 2009).

Dated this 16 day of April 2009

[signed]

Peter Garrett
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

Schedule

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Western Australia West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline (Interim) Managed Fishery as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation, March 2009

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS (section 303FT)

  1. Operation of the WCDGDLF will be carried out in accordance with the management arrangements in force under the WA Fish Resources Management Act 1994.
  2. The Department of Fisheries WA (DFWA) to advise the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) of any intended change to the WCDGDLF management arrangements that may affect the assessment of the fishery against the criteria on which EPBC Act decisions are based.
  3. DFWA to produce and present reports to DEWHA annually as per Appendix B to the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition.
  4. DFWA to:
    1. review and report against the outcomes of actions taken to date to rebuild dusky and sandbar shark stocks, and publicly release the report; and,
    2. continue to further develop strategies to ensure the recovery of dusky, sandbar and whiskery shark stocks within an appropriate timeframe relevant to the biology of the stock.
  5. DFWA to;
    1. by 30 March 2011, undertake a study to estimate risk of interactions between fishers and Australian sea lions and determine scientifically robust levels of observer coverage required for the purposes of designing an appropriate and effective observer program; and
    2. subject to the outcomes of Condition 5(a) implement an appropriate observer program to determine the nature and frequency of interactions with Australian sea lions.