The agriculture and fisheries law provides a comprehensive framework for dealing with environmental concerns in Australian waters, including fisheries.
In Australia, the federal government sets the framework for environmental assessments of agricultural land, fisheries and aquaculture operations, and environmental assessments for all coastal waters, where there is a substantial risk of pollution.
As a result, a variety of measures have been put in place, including the establishment of a new Environmental Management Authority, and the establishment and maintenance of an Environmental Management Program.
These have been used to identify potential areas of concern, and ensure that the government takes a more proactive approach to environmental management in Australian fisheries and waters.
In the first half of 2017, the Government announced the creation of a Special Environment Management Authority (SEMA) to provide oversight of the environmental management system.
The SEMA was established to review the status of the federal environment and environmental legislation and make recommendations on how to further improve the environmental protection system.
Currently, the SEMA’s role is to review and approve environmental management systems and policies that the Government is required to implement, and to identify any new environmental management plans or plans for new programs.
The SEMA will also advise the Government on the implementation of environmental management and management planning requirements.
The Federal Government has also launched the Special Environment Monitoring and Assessment Authority (SECMA), which will oversee and manage environmental monitoring and assessment activities within the national environment.SECMA is designed to assess the state of the environment and the status and management of environmental matters and projects in the National Environment.
In a statement, the Minister for Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs, Greg Hunt, said: “The Minister for Environmental Affairs and the Environment Minister have agreed to work closely together to address the challenges posed by climate change and environmental sustainability, particularly in relation to coastal waters and marine environments.”
We will also support regional, state and territory governments and regional councils in developing environmental plans and actions to address climate change, including those in areas such as coastal waters.
“This will help to ensure the environment is protected, and that Australians can be confident that the environment remains a priority for their future generations.”
The Government has been working closely with the Government of Queensland, the Federal Government and regional and local councils, to identify opportunities to enhance the environmental system and address some of the challenges that have been identified.
In addition to these key initiatives, the Environment Protection Authority is also working to develop and implement a new National Environmental Strategy (NESS).
The NESS is a comprehensive strategy to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants from the national and regional environment and to improve the resilience of Australian waterways and coastal waters to climate change.
The NEGS is a multi-year strategy that will focus on a range of actions to reduce the environmental risks posed by the National Environmental Protection Strategy, including reducing emissions of carbon dioxide, greenhouse gases, water pollution and other pollution.
The Government’s NESS has been completed and the NESS Implementation Plan is currently being developed.
The Minister also announced that the Federal Environment Agency will be a central element in the NEGS, providing an integrated approach to managing the environment, ensuring the sustainability of Australian waters and coastal areas, and assisting regional and remote governments in managing environmental risks.