South Australian Abalone Fishery - Agency submission 2009

« South Australian Abalone Fishery
Environmental assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Fisheries Division, Primary Industries and Resources South Australia, March 2009

Agency submission on ecological sustainability

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About the submission

The current export approval for the South Australian Abalone Fishery is valid until 21 June 2009 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) received a submission EEcological Assessment of the South Australian Abalone Fishery from the Fisheries Division of Primary Industries and Resources South Australia in April 2009. The report has been prepared to address the Australian Government Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries, 2nd edition (the Guidelines) 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 South Australian Abalone Fishery as managed consistent with the Fisheries Management (Abalone Fisheries) Regulations 2006 in force under the Fisheries Management Act 2007 (South Australia), 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 South Australian Abalone Fishery under the provisions of the Fisheries Management (Abalone Fisheries) Regulations 2006 in force under the Fisheries Management Act 2007 (South Australia).

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 23 April 2009 and the closing date for comments is 26 May 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.