Victorian Eel Fishery - Agency submission 2009

« Victorian Eel Fishery
Environmental assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, February 2009

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About the submission

The current export approval for the Victorian Eel Fishery is valid until 1 May 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 - Application to the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts For Re-Assessment of the Victorian Eel Fishery from the Victorian Department of Primary Industries in January 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 Victorian Eel Fishery as managed consistent with the Victorian Fisheries Act 1995, Fisheries Regulations 2009 and the Eel Fishery Management Plan 2002, 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 Victorian Eel Fishery under the provisions of the Victorian Fisheries Act 1995, Fisheries Regulations 2009 and the Eel Fishery Management Plan 2002.

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 opened 14 February 2009 and the closing date was 18 March 2009.

The submission is available for downloading above.