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This instrument amends the Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation - Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery.
Administered by: Environment and Energy
Registered 12 Dec 2018

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION – QUEENSLAND GULF OF CARPENTARIA INSHORE FIN FISH FisherY, DECEMBER 2018

 

I, Paul Murphy, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment, hereby vary under paragraph 303FT(7)(b) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the declaration of an approved wildlife trade operation dated 1 September 2017, for the Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery as defined in the management regime in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulations 2008, such that the condition specified in the Schedule to that declaration is varied as follows:

In Condition 1, delete the words

1. Unless otherwise amended or revoked, this declaration is valid until 14 December 2018, to allow for the Department’s assessment of the fishery, for a longer term wildlife trade operation approval period, to be finalised

and replace with the words

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 and Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), taken in the Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery:

Condition 1:
Unless otherwise amended or revoked, this declaration is valid until 29 March 2019, to allow for the Department’s assessment of the fishery, for a longer term wildlife trade operation approval period, to be finalised.

Condition 2:
Operation of the Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994 and the Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008.

Condition 3:
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to inform the Department of any intended material changes to the Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery management arrangements that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

Condition 4:
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to produce and present reports to the Department annually as per Appendix B of the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition.

Condition 5:
Consistent with foundational reforms identified in the Queensland Government’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017–2027, the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to continue to develop an improved data collection and validation approach that facilitates monitoring and management of all target, byproduct and bycatch (including protected species) impacted by the Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery.

Condition 6:
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to:

a.       Continue to support fishers to improve identification and accurate recording of shark catch to the species level.

b.      Commence development of methods to measure improvements in reporting performance.

c.       Continue to progress Sustainable Fisheries Strategy actions that will improve reporting of catch composition to species level and data validation for commercial shark catch, including for species of conservation concern.

d.      In consultation with fishery working groups and other stakeholders, consider measures to achieve species level shark identification such as a prohibition on removal of fins, fillets or other morphological features that assist in identifying species prior to landing.

Condition 7:
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to:

a.       Continue to progress Sustainable Fisheries Strategy actions such as improved monitoring and a program of stock assessments that will improve understanding of stock status of for all commercially and recreationally important species, including species currently classified as ‘undefined’ in the area of the Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery.

b.      Continue to progress Sustainable Fisheries Strategy actions that will improve monitoring, reporting of catch composition and data validation measures to reduce risks of overfishing in all stocks impacted by the fishery.

Condition 8:
The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to progress development of a level 1 ecological risk assessment for the Queensland Gulf of Carpentaria Inshore Fin Fish Fishery, in accordance with the Queensland Government ecological risk assessment guidelines.

 

 

 

Dated this 10th day of December 2018

 

 

                                                                           Paul Murphy            

 ………….…….……………………….........

Delegate of the Minister for the Environment

 

 

Notes:                                                                                                                                                                           

1.             Under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, a person whose interests are affected by this decision may apply for a statement of reasons and for independent review of the decision. An application for a statement of reasons may be made in writing to the Department of the Environment and Energy within 28 days of the date of the declaration. An application for independent review may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on payment of the relevant fee within 28 days of the date of the declaration, or if reasons are sought, within 28 days of receipt of reasons. Further information may be obtained from the Director, Wildlife Trade Assessments Section.

2.             Australia’s obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are met through Part 13A of the EPBC Act. Specimens of species listed in Appendix II of Australia’s CITES list under section 303CA of the EPBC Act may only be exported, under a CITES export permit issued under the EPBC Act, if Australia’s CITES Scientific Authority has issued a non detriment finding for that species.