Western Australian Tropical Shark Fisheries

Environmental assessment under the EPBC Act
Department of the Environment and Heritage, February 2006
ISBN 0 642 55309 2

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About the assessment report

The Department of Fisheries Western Australia (DFWA) has submitted a document for assessment under Parts 13 and 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The draft document Application to the Australian Government Department of the Environment and Heritage on the Western Australian Tropical Shark Fisheries (covering the Western Australia North Coast Shark Fishery and the Joint Authority Northern Shark Fishery) (the submission) was received by the Department of the Environment and Heritage (DEH) on 30 November 2005. The submission was released for a forty-day public comment period that expired on 16 January 2006. Five public comments were received. DFWA provided a response to the issues raised. No changes were made to the submission as a result of public comment. A final submission for assessment was received in February 2006.

The submission reports on the Joint Authority Northern Shark Fishery (JANSF) and the North Coast Shark Fishery (NCSF), (together known as the Western Australian Tropical Shark Fisheries (WATrSF)) against the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries (the Guidelines). The DEH assessment considers the submission, associated documents, public comments and DFWA's response to the comments.