Australia approves trade operation for incidental harvesting of CITES species – Smooth hammerhead shark



 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999


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), 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 incidental harvesting of specimens that are, or are derived from Sphyrna zygaena (smooth hammerhead shark), taken in the South Australian Marine Scalefish Fishery, as defined in the Management Plan for the South Australian Commercial Marine Scalefish Fishery 2013 made under the South Australian Fisheries Management Act 2007, 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 is valid until 24 September 2015.

Dated this 23rd day of January 2015

….…………………Paul Murphy…..…………………

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 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, Sustainable Fisheries Section.

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. Further information, including a list of species for which non detriment findings have been issued and the fisheries from which they may be sourced, is available from

Source: Published by the Commonwealth of Australia in Gazette – C2015G00119


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