Environmental Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Primary Industries and Regions South Australia, July 2021
Agency application on ecological sustainability
About the application
The current export approval for the South Australian Sardine Fishery is valid until 20 August 2021 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment received an application, Ecological assessment of the South Australian Sardine Fishery - Reassessment report and associated reports, from the Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia in June 2021. 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 South Australian Sardine Fishery, as managed consistent with the South Australian Fisheries Management Act 2007 and the Fisheries Management (Marine Scalefish Fisheries) Regulations 2006, 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 South Australian Sardine Fishery under the provisions of the Fisheries Management Act 2007 and the Fisheries Management (Marine Scalefish Fisheries) Regulations 2006.
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
The call for public comments is open from 7 July 2021 until 29 July 2021.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.