Environmental Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Victorian Fisheries Authority, October 2023
Agency application on ecological sustainability
About the application
The Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water received an application from the Victorian Fisheries Authority (VFA) on 1 October 2023. The application has been prepared to address the Guidelines for the ecologically sustainable management of fisheries – 2nd edition and will be used to assess the operation of the fishery for the purposes of Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) (EPBC Act).
Consideration will be given to:
- declaring the Victorian Eel Fishery, as managed consistent with the Fisheries Act 1995 (VIC), the Fisheries Regulation 2019 (VIC), and the Victorian Eel Fishery Management Plan 2017, 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 Victorian Eel Fishery under the provisions of the Fisheries Act 1995 (VIC), the Fisheries Regulation 2019 (VIC), and the Victorian Eel Fishery Management Plan 2017.
In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal.
Any comments received will form part of the documentation provided to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Water, or the minister’s delegate for a decision. Copies of comments may be made available to other persons with a particular interest in the application. Please advise in your comment if you wish to claim any areas of confidentiality.
Download the application
- Victorian Eel Fishery – WTO Application 2023 (PDF 0.3 MB)
- Victorian Eel Fishery – WTO Application 2023 (DOCX 0.5 MB)
The call for public comments is open from 20 October 2023 until 21 November 2023.
Comments should be submitted via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submissions may also be posted to:
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
GPO Box 3090
CANBERRA ACT 2601