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This instrument declares the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are or are derived from fish or invertebrates, taken in the New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line 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 01 Jul 2021
To be ceased 01 Jul 2024
Ceased by Self Ceasing

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery, JULY 2021

I, Laura Timmins, Senior Director, Wildlife Trade Office, 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 New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, 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 New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery as defined in the management regime in force under the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW), Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019 (NSW), and the Fisheries Management (Ocean Trap and Line Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006, 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 1 July 2024 and;

b)             is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in Schedule 1.

Dated this 1st  day of  July 2021

 

………….…….Laura..Timmins…………………

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 Agriculture, Water and the Environment 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, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Telephone: 02 6274 1715 Email: sustainablefisheries@awe.gov.au.


 

Schedule 1

Part 13A conditions to the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries on the approved wildlife trade operation declaration for the New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery - July 2021

 

Condition 1: 

Operation of the fishery must be carried out in accordance with the management arrangements specified in the Fisheries Management Act 1994 (NSW), Fisheries Management (General) Regulation 2019 (NSW), Fisheries Management (Supporting Plan) Regulation 2006, and the Fisheries Management (Ocean Trap and Line Share Management Plan) Regulation 2006.

Condition 2:

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries must inform the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of any intended material changes to New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery management arrangements that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

Condition 3:

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries must inform the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of any intended changes to fisheries legislation that may affect the legislative instruments relevant to this approval.

Condition 4:

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries must produce and present reports to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment annually, as per Appendix B of the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition.

Condition 5:

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries must:

a)      support fishers to accurately identify and record all sharks at the species-level. This should include assessment and monitoring of reporting performance to identify and target any ongoing improvements.

b)      ensure all commercial catch of shark species of conservation concern (e.g. overfished and threatened species) can be readily and reliably determined, at a taxonomic level sufficient to monitor and manage risks at the species-level.

Condition 6:

The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries must:

a)      provide the findings from the current observer-based program Line Fishing West Zone, to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, by July 2022. 

b)      following the observer-based program, review the effectiveness of management arrangements for shark fishing in the New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery, considering information collected in the scientific observer program and daily logbooks.


 

Condition 7:

By 1 July 2022, The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries must provide Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment with a transition plan for the New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery. The transition plan must clearly document all existing data collection, assessment and performance monitoring, and management responses, for the recovery of depleted stocks impacted by the New South Wales Ocean Trap and Line Fishery.

The transition plan must clearly articulate the interrelationships between these functions, to demonstrate that management of the depleted stock(s) will remain sustainable and facilitate recovery.

The transition plan must also include timelines and milestones for the transition to and implementation of harvest strategies in the fishery.