Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery - Agency applicaton 2013

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Environmental Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Australian Fisheries Management Authority, March 2013

Agency application on ecological sustainability

About the application

The current export approval for the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery is valid until 24 July 2013 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities received an application comprising of, 'AFMA Submission - EPBC Act Reassessment - Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery - March 2013' and 'Conditions and Recommendations to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) on the ecologically sustainable management of the harvest of product from the Southern Bluefin Tuna (SBT) fishery - DAFF's progress on meeting Conditions 3, 5 and 9 and Recommendations 1, 2 and 3', from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Department of Agriculture Fisheries and Forestry in March 2013. The application 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 previous Australian Government assessment. The application 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 operation of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery, as managed consistent with the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995 in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, as an approved wildlife trade operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act, and
  • including in the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery under the provisions of the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995 in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

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

Download the application

The call for public comments is open from 25 March 2013 until 26 April 2013.