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This instrument declares operations for the harvesting of specimens that are or are derived from fish or invertebrates, taken in the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery to be an approved wildlife trade operation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 15 Feb 2019
To be ceased 11 Feb 2022
Ceased by Self Ceasing

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery, February 2019

 

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 the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 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, taken in the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery as defined in the management regime in force under the Fisheries Act 1994 (Queensland) and Fisheries Regulations 2008 (Queensland), but not including

§  specimens that belong to eligible listed threatened species, as defined under section 303BC of the EPBC Act, or

§  specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 303CA of the EPBC Act (Australia’s CITES list)

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 11 February 2022; and

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

 

 

Dated this 14th day of February 2019

 

 

 

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 and Energy 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 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, Wildlife Trade Assessments Section, Department of the Environment and Energy, Telephone: (02) 6274 1917 Email: sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au.


SCHEDULE

 

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery as an approved wildlife trade operation, February 2019.

 

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 and Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), taken in the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery:

 

1.      Operation of the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery will be carried out in accordance with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries management plan in force under the Queensland Fisheries Act 1994, Queensland Fisheries Regulation 2008 and the Fisheries (East Coast Trawl) Management Plan 2010.

 

2.      The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to inform the Department of the Environment and Energy of any intended material changes to the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery management arrangements that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

 

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

 

4.      The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to:

a)      complete the Queensland River and Inshore Beam Trawl Fishery ecological risk assessment by January 2021.

b)      ensure that any unacceptable risks to bycatch identified through the risk assessment are mitigated.

All precautionary risk management strategies should be developed and implemented in consultation with relevant experts and stakeholders, and performance should be monitored and reported annually in accordance with Condition 3.