Environmental Assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Western Australian Department of Fisheries - June 2015
Application on ecological sustainability
About the application
The current export approval for the Western Australian Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries is valid until 28 August 2015 and the fishery is now due for assessment for ongoing export accreditation. The Department of the Environment received an application, Western Australian’s Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries and other reports, from the Western Australian Department of Fisheries in June 2015. 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 Western Australian Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries, as managed consistent with the Western Australian Fish Resources Management Act 1994, 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 Western Australian Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries under the provisions of the Western Australian Fish Resources Management Act 1994.
In accordance with the provisions of sections 303FR and 303DC of the EPBC Act, you are invited to comment on this proposal.
Download the application
Application: WA Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries (PDF - 960.1 KB)
Appendix 1 Temperate Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Fisheries Status Report (PDF - 900.38 KB)
Appendix 2 Joint Authority Southern Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline Limited Entry Fishery Notice 1992 (PDF - 369.29 KB)
Appendix 3 West Coast Demersal Gillnet and Demersal Longline (Interim) Managed Fishery Management Plan 1997 (PDF - 671.74 KB)
Appendix 4 FRDC Report 2007_059 (PDF - 2.57 MB)
Appendix 5 Informing risk assessment through estimating interaction rates between Australian sea lions and Western Australia’s temperate demersal gillnet fisheries (PDF - 3.3 MB)
Appendix 6 Ranked Risk Assessment for Bycatch in Multiple Fisheries: Bioregional Risk Assessment Method (PDF - 2.32 MB)
Appendix 7 WAFIC’s mitigation strategy submission on behalf of the TDGDLF (PDF - 3.03 MB)
The call for public comments is open from 22 June 2015 until 22 July 2015.
Please submit your comments to:
Sustainable Fisheries Section
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
Submissions may also be sent by fax to (02) 6274 2875, or email to email@example.com
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.