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Administered by: Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Published Date 24 Jul 2013

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION

 

I, MARK BUTLER, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the application from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, public comments on the proposal as required under section 303FR and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in section 303FN of the EPBC Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act, taken in the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery, as defined in the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995, in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991, to be an approved wildlife trade operation, in accordance with subsection 303FN(2) and paragraph 303FN(10)(d), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

a)                  is valid until 22 July 2016 and;

b)                  is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in the Schedule.

 

 

           Dated this 23rdday of July 2013

 

 

 

 

…………………………Mark Butler…………………………

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water

 

 


SCHEDULE

 

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery as an approved wildlife trade operation, July 2013

 

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS (section 303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of fish specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), taken in the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery:

 

1.      Operation of the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery Management Plan 1995, in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1991.

 

2.      The Australian Fisheries Management Authority to inform the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities of any intended change to the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery’s management arrangements that could affect the assessment of the fishery against the criteria on which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are based.

 

3.      The Australian Fisheries Management Authority to produce and present reports to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities annually as per Appendix B to the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries – 2nd Edition.

 

4.      The management arrangements for the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery to include the implementation of appropriate catch monitoring technologies which provide a high degree of confidence in the estimates of southern bluefin tuna catch in the purse seine sector.

 

5.      The management arrangements for the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery to take account of all sources of mortality of southern bluefin tuna as part of management of the species in Australian waters. This should include a reliable estimate of recreational and charter fishing catch of the species in Australian waters.

 

6.      The management arrangements for the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery to continue to implement all relevant measures agreed by the Commission for the Conservation of Southern Bluefin Tuna in the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery, to support the recovery of the southern bluefin tuna stock to ecologically sustainable levels.

 

7.      The management arrangements for the Australian Southern Bluefin Tuna Fishery to include statistically robust levels of scientific observer coverage for all sectors to validate:

·         southern bluefin tuna commercial catch

·         mortalities, discarding and high-grading of southern bluefin tuna, and

·         interactions with bycatch and EPBC Act listed protected species, especially white sharks (Carcharodon carcharias).