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This instrument gives export approval for prawns and scampi taken by Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd taken in the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery
Administered by: Environment and Energy
Registered 12 May 2016
Date ceased to have effect 26 Apr 2019
Ceased by Self Ceasing

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION

 

I, PAUL MURPHY, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the application from Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd, 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 giant scarlet prawns (Aristaeopsis edwardsiana), royal red prawns (Haliporoides sibogae) giant red prawn (Aristaeomorpha foliacae) and scampi (Metanephrops spp. and Nephropsis spp.) by Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd, taken in the Queensland East Coast Otter Trawl Fishery as defined in the Queensland Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010 made under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008 to be an approved wildlife trade operation, in accordance with subsection 303FN(2) and paragraph 303FN(10)(b), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

 

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

a)             is valid until 26 April 2019 and;

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

 

 

Dated this 10th day of May 2016

 

 

 

………….………Paul Murphy…………………

Delegate of the Minister for the Environment

 

 

A person whose interests are affected by this declaration may, within 28 days, make an application in writing to the Department of the Environment for the reasons for the decision.

 

An application for independent review of the decision (under section 303GJ(1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), on payment of the relevant fee (currently $861 or reduced fee where applicable due to financial hardship) by the applicant, either within 28 days of receipt of the reasons for the decision, or within 28 days of this declaration if reasons for the decision are not sought. Applications should be made to the Deputy Registrar, AAT in your Capital City. Please visit the AAT’s website at http://www.aat.gov.au/ for further information.

 

You may make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) to access documents relevant to this decision. For further information, please visit http://www.environment.gov.au/foi/index.html.

 

Further enquiries should be directed to the Director, Sustainable Fisheries Section, Department of the Environment, Telephone: (02) 6274 1917 Email: sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au.


SCHEDULE

 

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd Operation for giant scarlet prawns (Aristaeopsis edwardsiana), royal red prawns (Haliporoides sibogae), giant red prawns (Aristaeomorpha foliacae) and scampi (Metanephrops spp. and Nephropsis spp.) as an approved wildlife trade operation, May 2016

 

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS (section 303FT)

 

Relating to the harvesting of giant scarlet prawns (Aristaeopsis edwardsiana), royal red prawns (Haliporoides sibogae), giant red prawn (Aristaeomorpha foliacae) and scampi (Metanephrops spp. and Nephropsis spp.) that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, taken by Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd:

 

1.      The Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd operation will be carried out in accordance with the Queensland Fisheries (East Coast Trawl Fishery) Management Plan 2010 in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994.

 

2.      Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd to inform the Department of the Environment of any intended material changes to the management arrangements for the Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd operation that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

 

3.      Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd to produce and present reports to the Department of the Environment annually as per Appendix B of the ‘Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition’.

 

4.      Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd, in collaboration with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, to:

·         ensure that robust monitoring of target, byproduct and bycatch species, through the use of onboard cameras, is undertaken whilst fishing

·         ensure that onboard cameras are installed by an independent, suitably qualified technician so that bycatch can be monitored effectively

·         ensure that an independent,  suitably qualified individual or individuals examine the onboard camera footage

·         after the gear trial has been completed provide a report to the Department of the Environment which details the impacts of the fishing operation on bycatch and benthic biota, and

·         develop and implement a biological sampling regime to collect information on sharks and rays encountered during fishing operations.

 

5. Schulz Fisheries Pty Ltd to develop and adopt protocols to avoid potential damage to sensitive benthic environments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.