Queensland Eel Fishery - Agency application 2014

« Queensland Eel Fishery
Environment assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, February 2014

Agency application on ecological sustainability

About the application

The current export approval for the Queensland Eel Fishery is valid until 1 May 2014 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment received an application, ‘Queensland Eel Fishery 2014, Progress against Department of the Environment recommendations’ from the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry in February 2014. 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 Eel Fishery as managed consistent with the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008, in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994, 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 Eel Fishery under the provisions of Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008, in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994.

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 3 March 2014 until 3 April 2014.

Please submit your comments to:

The Director
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of the Environment
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 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.