Tuesday, 4 December 2018
East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery
I seek leave to amend general business notice of motion No. 1298 standing in my name for today, relating to the East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery, before asking that it be taken as a formal motion.
I move the motion as amended:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) the East Coast Inshore Fin-Fish Fishery (ECIFFF) is Queensland's largest fishery, running adjacent to the entire east coast,
(ii) the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's most recent Outlook Report (2014) identifies the management of the ECIFFF by the Queensland Government as a risk to the reef's ecosystem and heritage values, particularly through the taking of predators, and the bycatching of endangered wildlife, such as snubfin dolphins and dugongs,
(iii) the Queensland Government's Sustainable Fisheries Strategy 2017-2027 outlines its commitment to the reform of fisheries management,
(iv) the Minister for the Environment is considering the ecological sustainability of the ECIFFF for export approval,
(v) scalloped hammerhead sharks were recently listed as Conservation Dependent, following advice from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (TSSC), but are still being taken from the ECIFFF, and
(vi) the TSSC recommended that scalloped hammerhead sharks be landed with fins attached, as is the case in Commonwealth, South Australian, New South Wales, Victorian and Tasmanian managed fisheries; and
(b) calls on the Minister for the Environment to ensure that strong, time-bound conditions are attached to the accreditation of the ECIFFF for export approval, including:
(i) a requirement to ensure an independent observer and monitoring program is implemented,
(ii) analysis of high conservation values to snubfin dolphins and dugongs, and implementation of area closures to reduce bycatch following the principles of adaptive management (noting that work is ongoing in regard to real-time tracking of dolphins and dugongs in an effort to reduce bycatch), and
(iii) a requirement for scalloped hammerhead sharks to be landed with fins attached.
The export application for the East Coast Inshore Fin Fish Fishery is being assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The minister will decide whether or not to approve the application and what conditions, if any, should be attached in accordance with the criteria in the act.