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Antarctic Seals Conservation Regulations (Amendment)

Authoritative Version
  • - F1996B00306
  • No longer in force
SR 1993 No. 289 Regulations as made
These Regulations amend the Antarctic Seals Conservation Regulations.
Administered by: DEW
General Comments: This instrument was backcaptured in accordance with Section 36 of the Legislative Instruments Act 2003
Registered 01 Jan 2005
Tabling HistoryDate
Tabled HR22-Nov-1993
Tabled Senate22-Nov-1993
Gazetted 05 Nov 1993
Date of repeal 11 Jul 2007
Repealed by Antarctic Seals Conservation Repeal Regulations 2007

Statutory Rules 1993   No. 2891

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Antarctic Seals Conservation Regulations2 (Amendment)

I, The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, acting with the advice of the Federal Executive Council, make the following Regulations under the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980.

Dated 28 October 1993.

 

                                                                                    BILL HAYDEN

                                                                                   Governor-General

By His Excellency’s Command,

 

R. KELLY

Minister for the Environment, Sport,

 and Territories

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1.   Commencement

1.1   Subregulation 3.3 commences when subsection 6 (3) of the Antarctic (Environment Protection) Legislation Amendment Act 1992 commences.

[NOTE:  Subsection 6 (3) of the Antarctic (Environment Protection) Legislation Amendment Act 1992 commences when Annex V to the Madrid Protocol has become effective—see section 2 of that Act.]

1.2   Subregulations 4.6, 7.2, 8.2 and 8.4 commence when subsection 6 (2) of the Antarctic (Environment Protection) Legislation Amendment Act 1992 commences.

[NOTE 1.  Subsection 6 (2) of the Antarctic (Environment Protection) Legislation Amendment Act 1992 commences when the Madrid Protocol has entered into force—see section 2 of that Act.

NOTE 2.  The remainder of these Regulations commence on gazettal: see Acts Interpretation Act 1901, s.48.]

2.   Amendment

2.1   The Antarctic Seals Conservation Regulations are amended as set out in these Regulations.

3.   Regulation 2 (Interpretation)

3.1   Subregulation 2 (1)

Insert the following definitions:

‘authorised person’ means a person authorised by the Minister by notice published in the Gazette for the purpose of the provision in which the expression occurs;

‘take’, in relation to a seal, includes take a dead seal;”.

3.2   Add at the end:

           “(3)   Except so far as the contrary intention appears, an expression (other than an expression defined in subregulation (1) or under subregulation (2)) that is used both in these Regulations and the Agreed Measures (whether or not a particular meaning is given to it by the Agreed Measures) has in these Regulations the same meaning as in the Agreed Measures.”.

3.3   Subregulation 2 (3):

Omit the subregulation.

[NOTE:  This subregulation commences only when the definition of “Agreed Measures” in the Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act 1980 is repealed, when Annex V to the Madrid Protocol has become effective.]

4.   Regulation 4 (Grant or refusal of permit relating to seals)

4.1   Subregulation 4 (1):

Omit “sub-regulations (2) and (3)”, substitute “subregulations (2) to (3) (inclusive)”.

4.2   Paragraph 4 (1) (a):

Omit “(if any)”.

4.3   Paragraph 4 (2) (b):

Omit “Article 4 of the Convention,”, substitute “paragraph (1) (b) or (c) of Article 4 of the Seals Convention;”.

4.4   After subregulation 4 (2), insert:

        “(2a)   The Minister may grant a permit only if he or she is satisfied that:

             (a)   the number of seals of any species that may be killed or taken under the permit and any other permits granted under paragraph (1) (a) or under a corresponding law is not greater than the increase in the number of seals of the species in the next breeding season by natural reproduction; and

             (b)   the present variety of species, the habitats essential to their existence and the present balance of the natural ecological systems existing within the Antarctic will be maintained.

        “(2b)   The Minister must not grant a permit to kill or take a seal of a species in the genus Arctocephalus or of the species Ommatophoca rossii:

             (a)   except for a compelling scientific purpose; and

             (b)   unless the Minister is satisfied that the activities authorised by the permit will not jeopardise the survival or recovery of that species or of the local population of that species.

        “(2c)   A permit to carry on an activity that is:

             (a)   described in regulation 11; and

             (b)   an activity to which Part 3 of the Act applies;

may be granted only if the Minister has authorised the activity under Part 3 of the Act.

        “(2d)   A permit to carry on an activity described in regulation 11 at a CEMP site may be granted only if the permit-holder is allowed to enter the site under a permit granted under regulations made under the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Conservation Act 1981.

        “(2e)   The Minister may grant a permit for an activity described in subregulation 11 (4) only for:

             (a)   the construction or operation of scientific support facilities; or

             (b)   the provision of specimens for scientific research, public education (including display in museums, zoological gardens or other educational or cultural institutions) or such other purposes of that kind as the Minister thinks fit.”.

4.5   Paragraph 4 (3) (b):

Omit the paragraph, substitute:

   “and (b)   if the decision relates to killing or taking seals, or to an activity referred to in subregulation 11 (4)—have regard to the Agreed Measures.”.

4.6   Paragraph 4 (3) (b):

Omit the paragraph, substitute:

           “(b)   if the decision relates to killing or taking seals, or to an activity referred to in subregulation 11 (4)—have regard to Australia’s obligations under the Madrid Protocol.”.

[NOTE:  This subregulation commences only when the Madrid Protocol has entered into force.]

4.7   Paragraphs 4 (3) (c) and (d):

Omit the paragraphs.

5.   Regulation 6 (Permits—conditions)

5.1   Regulation 6:

Omit the regulation, substitute:

Conditions on permits

             “6.   (1)  A permit must specify as a condition of the permit:

             (a)   the area in which it allows an activity to be carried on; and

             (b)   the purposes for which the allowed activity may be undertaken; and

             (c)   that a seal killed, taken, injured, disturbed or otherwise interfered with under the permit must be dealt with in the manner that involves the least degree of pain and suffering practicable; and

             (d)   if the permit allows seals to be killed or taken:

                          (i)   the number of seals of a particular species that may be killed or taken; and

                         (ii)   the method by which seals may be killed or taken; and

                       (iii)   the period during which seals may be killed or taken; and

             (e)   that, within 30 days of killing or taking a seal of a prescribed species in the Convention area or on floating sea ice in an area north of 60° south latitude, the permit-holder must give the Minister a written report.

           “(2)   A report under paragraph (1) (e) must include the following details:

             (a)   the date on which the seal was killed or taken; and

             (b)   the zone or other area in which the seal was killed or taken; and

             (c)   the age, sex and apparent reproductive condition of the seal; and

             (d)   the purpose for which the seal was killed or taken; and

             (e)   if the seal was killed or taken by a person who was, when he or she killed or took the seal, the master, a crew member or a passenger on a vessel:

                          (i)   the name; and

                         (ii)   the port or place of registration; and

                       (iii)   the net tonnage; and

                        (iv)   the gross tonnage; and

                         (v)   the brake horsepower; and

                        (vi)   the number of crew members;

                     of the vessel.

           “(3)   The permit may specify other conditions that the Minister considers appropriate.”.

6.   New regulation 7a

6.1   After regulation 7, insert:

Request for variation of permit

          “7a.   (1)  The holder of a permit may request the Minister to vary the permit.

           “(2)   The request must:

             (a)   be made in writing; and

             (b)   set out reasons for varying the permit.”.

7.   Regulation 8 (Variation of permits)

7.1   Subregulation 8 (1):

Omit the subregulation, substitute:

           “(1)   The Minister may vary a permit or a condition on a permit, if the Minister is satisfied that:

             (a)   the variation is necessary to give effect to:

                          (i)   Australia’s obligations under the Seals Convention; or

                         (ii)   the purposes and principles of the Agreed Measures; or

             (b)   if the permit-holder has requested the variation:

                          (i)   the reasons set out in the request justify the variation; and

                         (ii)   the variation of the permit would not allow any activity that is likely to affect adversely the conservation or protection of the fauna of the Antarctic.”.

7.2   Subparagraph 8 (1) (a) (ii):

Omit the subparagraph, substitute:

                       “(ii)   Australia’s obligations under the Madrid Protocol; or”.

[NOTE:  This subregulation commences only when the Madrid Protocol has entered into force.]

8.   Regulation 11 (Offences in relation to seals)

8.1   Subregulations 11 (1), (2) and (3):

Omit “$2,000” (wherever occurring), substitute “20 penalty units”.

8.2   Subregulations 11 (2), (3) and (4):

Omit “an authority of another Contracting Party” (wherever occurring), substitute “a recognised foreign authority”.

[NOTE:  This subregulation commences only when the Madrid Protocol has entered into force.]

8.3   Subregulations 11 (4) and (5):

Omit the subregulations, substitute:

           “(4)   A person must not, in the Antarctic:

             (a)   intentionally or recklessly injure a seal; or

             (b)   intentionally or recklessly use an aircraft, vehicle or vessel in a manner that disturbs a concentration of seals; or

             (c)   intentionally or recklessly use an explosive in a manner that disturbs a concentration of seals; or

             (d)   intentionally or recklessly use a firearm in a manner that disturbs a concentration of seals; or

             (e)   while on foot, intentionally or recklessly disturb a concentration of seals; or

              (f)   intentionally or recklessly carry on an activity that results in significant adverse modification of the habitat of a species of seal or population of seals;

except under a permit or an authority of another Contracting Party.

 

Penalty:      10 penalty units.

           “(5)   Subregulations (1) to (4) (inclusive) do not apply to an action:

             (a)   taken in an emergency for the purpose of:

                          (i)   saving a person from death or serious injury; or

                         (ii)   securing the safety of a vessel or aircraft or the safety of equipment or facilities of high value; or

                       (iii)   protecting the environment; or

             (b)   referred to in paragraph (4) (b), (c) or (e), if the action is reasonably necessary to establish, supply or maintain a station.

        “(5A)   If a person takes an action described in subregulation (1), (2), (3) or (4):

             (a)   in an emergency for the purpose of:

                          (i)   saving a person from death or serious injury; or

                         (ii)   securing the safety of a vessel or aircraft or the safety of equipment or facilities of high value; or

                       (iii)   protecting the environment; and

             (b)   otherwise than in accordance with a permit or an authority of another Contracting Party;

the person must, unless he or she has a reasonable excuse, give the Minister or an authorised person notice of the action within 30 days of starting the action.

 

Penalty for each day on which the offence continues: 2 penalty units.

        “(5B)   Before the end of a further 30 days, the person must, unless he or she has a reasonable excuse, have given the Minister or an authorised person a written report:

             (a)   describing the activity that was taken; and

             (b)   explaining why the activity was taken.

 

Penalty for each day on which the offence continues: 2 penalty units.”.

8.4   Subregulation 11 (5A):

Omit “an authority of another Contracting Party”, substitute “a recognised foreign authority”.

[NOTE:  This subregulation commences only when the Madrid Protocol has entered into force.]

9.   Regulation 12 (Notice of proposed sealing expedition)

9.1   Subregulation 12 (1):

Omit “$1,000”, substitute “10 penalty units”.

10.   Regulation 13 (Notice of sealing operations)

10.1   Omit the regulation.

 

 

 

 

NOTES

1.   Notified in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette on 5 November 1993.

2.   Statutory Rules 1986 No. 398.