Environmental Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Australian Fisheries Management Authority October 2020
Agency application on ecological sustainability
About the application
The current export approval for the Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery is valid until 17 December 2020 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment received an application from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority on 09 October 2020.
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 any conditions or recommendations made in the previous Australian Government assessment. The application will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Part 13 and Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
Consideration will be given to:
- including in the list of exempt native specimens, specimens harvested in the Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery under the provisions of the Protected Zone Joint Authority in accordance with the Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 and the Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985.
- declaring the Commonwealth Torres Strait Beche-de-mer Fishery, as managed consistent with the Commonwealth Torres Strait Fisheries Act 1984 and the Torres Strait Fisheries Regulations 1985, as an approved wildlife trade operation under section 303FN of the EPBC Act, and
In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal.
How can I get involved?
Download the application
Submission for a further export approval for the Torres Strait Bêche-de-mer Fishery under the EPBC Act 1999 (PDF - 1.35 MB)
Submission for a further export approval for the Torres Strait Bêche-de-mer Fishery under the EPBC Act 1999 (DOCX - 3.03 MB)
The call for public comments is open from 14 October until 13 November 2020.
Please submit your comments to:
Wildlife Trade Assessments Section
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
GPO Box 858
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Submissions may also be emailed to email@example.com.
Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment, or Minister’s delegate 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, please contact the Director of the Wildlife Trade Assessments Section by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.