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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 Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery to be an approved wildlife trade operation.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 05 Dec 2019
To be ceased 05 Dec 2022
Ceased by Self Ceasing

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION – NORTHERN TERRITORY AQUARIUM FISHERY, DECEMBER 2019

 

I, LOUISE VICKERY, Assistant Secretary, Environment Approvals and Wildlife Trade 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 Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources, 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, taken in the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery as defined in the management regime in force under the Fisheries Act 1988 (Northern Territory (NT)) and Fisheries Regulations 1992 (NT), but not including

(a)    specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 209 of the EPBC Act (Australia’s List of Migratory Species), or

(b)   specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 248 of the EPBC Act (Australia’s List of Marine Species), or

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

(d)   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 5 December 2022 and;

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

 

 

Dated this                    4th                   day of              December                    2019

 

 

 

Louise Vickery

………….…….…………………………………

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 1

 

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), except for specimens collected in state waters, taken in the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery subject to the following condition(s):

1.      The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources must ensure that the operation of the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery is carried out in accordance with the management regime for the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery in force under the Fisheries Act 1988 (Northern Territory), and the Fisheries Regulation 1992 (Northern Territory).

2.      The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources must inform the Department of the Environment and Energy of any intended material changes to the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery management arrangements that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

3.      The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources must provide reports to the Department of the Environment and Energy annually as outlined in Appendix B of the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition (2007).

4.      The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources must:

a)        limit harvest of CITES listed species, according to current non-detriment findings, for each species or species group;

b)        consult with the Department of the Environment and Energy, prior to a change to the management arrangements for a CITES or EPBC Act listed species being implemented; and

c)        ensure that specimens of CITES listed species that are not included on Schedule 2 of the current wildlife trade operation are not exported.

5.      The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources must:

a)        publish the recent ecological risk assessment conducted for the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery by February 2020.

b)        undertake research into CITES species informed by the outcomes of the risk assessment, including species distribution and abundance, in areas of high fishing effort.

c)        collaborate with relevant stakeholders, to conduct research and provide outcomes of research projects, to the Department of the  Environment and Energy, when outcomes are finalised. Outcomes must also be made publicly available.

6.      The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Resources must:

a)      Provide to the Department of the Environment and Energy, by 31 December 2021, a Draft Harvest Strategy.

The draft strategy must include performance indicators, acceptable levels of risk and decision rules.

b)      Provide to the Department of the Environment and Energy, by 31 December 2021, a Draft Research and Monitoring Plan for the NT Aquarium Fishery.

The draft plan must include a strategy to collect data, monitor and manage impacts on target species (including protected species).

c)      Provide to the Department of the Environment and Energy, by 30 June 2022, a Draft Management Framework.

d)      Implement a Harvest Strategy for the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery by 31 December 2022. The Harvest Strategy must include decision rules and reference points that trigger management actions to ensure the fishery remains ecologically sustainable.

 


 

SCHEDULE 2

Scleractinian coral

Acropora nasuta

Echinophyllia orpheensis

Goniastrea stelligera

Acanthastrea bowerbanki

Acropora nobilis

Euphyllia ancora

Goniopora columna 

Acanthastrea echinata 

Acropora palifera

Euphyllia cristata

Goniopora djiboutiensis 

Acanthastrea hemprichii

Acropora palmerae

Euphyllia divisa

Goniopora eclipsensis 

Acanthastrea hillae 

Acropora papillare

Euphyllia glabrescens 

Goniopora lobata 

Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Acropora polystoma

Euphyllia paraancora 

Goniopora minor 

Acanthastrea maxima

Acropora pulchra

Favia favus 

Goniopora norfolkensis 

Acanthastrea maxima

Acropora robusta

Favia helianthoides 

Goniopora pandoraensis 

Acanthastrea micromussa

Acropora russelli

Favia laxa 

Goniopora pendulus 

Acropora abrotanoides

Acropora samoensis

Favia lizardensis 

Goniopora somaliensis 

Acropora aculeus

Acropora sarmentosa

Favia maritima 

Goniopora stokesi

Acropora acuminata

Acropora selago

Favia matthaii 

Goniopora stutchburyi  

Acropora anthocercis

Acropora solitaryensis

Favia maxima 

Goniopora tenuidens 

Acropora aspera

Acropora spicifera

Favia pallida 

Heliofungia actiniformis

Acropora austera

Acropora stoddarti

Favia rotumana 

Herpolitha limax

Acropora brueggemanni

Acropora subglabra

Favia speciosa 

Hydnophora exesa 

Acropora bushyensis

Acropora subulata

Favia stelligera 

Hydnophora microconos 

Acropora cardenae

Acropora tenuis

Favia truncatus 

Hydnophora pilosa 

Acropora cerealis

Acropora tortuosa

Favia veroni 

Hydnophora rigida 

Acropora clathrata

Acropora turaki

Favites abdita

Leptastrea purpurea

Acropora cytherea

Acropora valenciennesi

Favites chinensis 

Leptastrea transversa

Acropora danai

Acropora valida

Favites complanata 

Leptoria phrygia 

Acropora dendrum

Acropora vaughani

Favites flexuosa 

Leptoseris explanata

Acropora digitifera

Acropora verweyi

Favites halicora 

Leptoseris scabra

Acropora divaricata

Acropora willisae

Favites paraflexuosa 

Lithophyllon edwardsi

Acropora donei  

Acropora yongei

Favites pentagona 

Lithophyllon repanda

Acropora echinata

Alveopora allingi

Favites rotundata

Lithophyllon undulatum

Acropora efflorescence

Alveopora spongiosa

Favites russelli 

Lobophyllia corymbosa 

Acropora elseyi

Alveopora tizardi

Fungia concinna

Lobophyllia diminuta 

Acropora exquisita

Alveopora verrilliana

Fungia costulata

Lobophyllia hataii 

Acropora florida

Astreopora expansa

Fungia cyclolites

Lobophyllia hemprichii

Acropora formosa

Astreopora gracilis

Fungia distorta

Lobophyllia pachysepta 

Acropora gemmifera

Astreopora myriophthalma

Fungia fragilis

Lobophyllia robusta  

Acropora glauca

Astreopora ocellata           

Fungia fungites

Merulina sp

Acropora grandis

Astreopora randalli

Fungia granulosa

Micromussa amakusensis

Acropora granulosa

Australogyra zelli

Fungia horrida

Micromussa diminuta

Acropora horrida

Australomussa rowleyensis

Fungia klunzingeri

Montastrea curta 

Acropora humilis

Balanophyllia cornu

Fungia patelliformis

Montastrea magnistellata 

Acropora hyacinthus

Balanophyllia generatrix

Fungia paumotensis

Montastrea valenciennesi 

Acropora Indiana

Blastomussa merletti

Fungia scruposa

Montipora aequituberculata

Acropora intermedia

Blastomussa wellsi

Fungia scutaria

Montipora angulata

Acropora latistella

Caulastrea sp

Fungia sinensis

Montipora australiensis

Acropora listeri

Catalaphyllia jardinei

Fungia tenuis

Montipora calcarea

Acropora loisetteae

Ctenactis albitentaculata

Galaxea astreata

Montipora caliculata

Acropora longicyathus

Ctenactis echinata             

Galaxea fascicularis

Montipora capricornis

Acropora lovelli

Cynarina lacrymalis 

Goniastrea aspera 

Montipora crassituberculata

Acropora lutkeni

Cyphastrea chalcidicum

Goniastrea australensis 

Montipora danae

Acropora microclados

Cyphastrea microphthalma

Goniastrea edwardsi 


Montipora digitata

Acropora microphthalma

Cyphastrea seralia

Goniastrea favulus 

Montipora efflorescens

Acropora millepora

Dendrophyllia arbuscula

Goniastrea palauensis  

Montipora floweri

Acropora monticulosa

Duncanopsammia axifuga

Goniastrea pectinata 

Montipora foliosa

Acropora nana

Echinophyllia aspera 

Goniastrea retiformis 

Montipora foveolata

Montipora grisea

Pavona explanata

Porites australiensis 

Symphyllia radians 

Montipora hispida

Pavona maldivensis

Porites cylindrica 

Symphyllia recta 

Montipora hoffmeisteri

Pavona varians

Porites evermanni

Symphyllia valenciennesii 

Montipora incrassata

Pavona venosa

Porites heronensis  

Trachyphyllia geoffroyi 

Montipora informis

Pectinia lactuca 

Porites lichen

Tubastraea diaphana

Montipora millepora

Pectinia paeonia 

Porites lobata

Tubastraea faulkneri

Montipora mollis

Pectinia teres 

Porites lutea 

Tubastraea micranthus

Montipora monasteriata

Physogyra lichtensteini

Porites murrayensis 

Tubipora musica

Montipora nodosa

Platygyra daedalea 

Porites nigrescens 

Tubipora musica

Montipora peltiformis

Platygyra lamellina 

Porites rus  

Turbinaria bifrons 

Montipora spongodes

Platygyra pini 

Porites solida 

Turbinaria conspicua 

Montipora spumosa

Platygyra ryukyuensis 

Porites stephensoni 

Turbinaria frondens

Montipora stellata

Platygyra sinensis 

Porites vaughani 

Turbinaria mesenterina 

Montipora tuberculosa

Platygyra verweyi 

Psammocora contigua

Turbinaria patula 

Montipora turgescens

Plerogyra sinuosa

Psammocora digitata

Turbinaria peltata

Montipora turtlensis

Plesiastrea versipora

Psammocora explanulata

Turbinaria radicalis 

Montipora undata

Pocillopora damicornis

Psammocora haimeana

Turbinaria reniformis 

Montipora venosa

Pocillopora eydouxi  

Psammocora nierstraszi

Turbinaria stellulata

Montipora verrucosa

Pocillopora meandrina 

Psammocora profundacella

Giant clams

Moseleya latistellata

Pocillopora verrucosa 

Psammocora superficialis

Tridacna maxima

Mycedium elephantotus

Pocillopora woodjonesi 

Scolymia vitiensis

Tridacna squamosa

Oxypora lacera

Podabacia crustacea

Seriatopora hystrix

Live rock

Oxypora sp

Polyphyllia talpina

Stylophora pistillata 

 

Pavona cactus

Porites annae  

Stylophora subseriata

 

Pavona decussata

Porites aranetai 

Symphyllia agaricia