Western Australian Temperate Shark Fishery - Agency submission 2008

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, December 2008

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Western Australian Temperate Shark Fisheries is valid until 26 February 2009 and the fisheries are now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission - Application to the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (covering the West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline [Interim] Managed Fishery and the Joint Authority Southern Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Managed Fishery) from the Department of Fisheries, Western Australia in December 2008. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, 2nd edition and to provide updates on the implementation of recommendations made in the original DEWHA 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 Australian Temperate Shark Fisheries as managed consistent with the Western Australian Fish Resources Management Act 1994 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 Australian Temperate Shark Fisheries under the provisions of the Western Australian 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.

The public comment period opens Friday 12 December 2008 and the closing date for comments is Tuesday 20 January 2009.

The submission is available for downloading above.

Please submit your comments to the address below:

The Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
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 the Environment, Heritage and the Arts 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 on (02) 6274 1917.