Source: Australian Department of the Environment and Energy
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 Tropical Rock Lobster 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 13 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 Tropical Rock Lobster 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 Tropical Rock Lobster 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.