Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl - Agency application 2013

« Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl
Environmental Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Fisheries Queensland August 2013

Agency application on ecological sustainability

About the application

The current export approval for the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery is valid until 27 November 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, Annual status report 2011 East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery, East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery 2011 Progress against SEWPaC conditions and recommendations and East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery 2011 & 2012 Progress against SEWPaC conditions and recommendations, from Fisheries Queensland in August 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 Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery, as managed consistent with the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008, 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 Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery under the provisions of the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008.

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 23 August 2013 until 23 September 2013.

Please submit your comments to;

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) 6274 2875, or email to sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au

Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water 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.