Threat Abatement Plan - seabirds
The incidental catch (or bycatch) of seabirds during oceanic longline fishing operations was listed as a key threatening process on 24 July 1995. Under Commonwealth legislation (now the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 [EPBC Act]), a Threat Abatement Plan for the Incidental Catch (or bycatch) of Seabirds During Oceanic Longline Fishing Operations was prepared and approved by the Minister for the Environment on 2 August 1998. A review of this Threat Abatement Plan (TAP) was carried out under subsection 279(2) of the EPBC Act and a new TAP was approved in 2006. The provisions of the 2006 TAP apply to all longline fisheries managed by the Commonwealth Government.
The Threat Abatement Plan 2006 was prepared in consultation with the Longline Fishing TAP Team to meet the requirements of the EPBC Act and to coordinate national action to alleviate the impact of longline fishing activities on seabirds in Australian waters.
Download the 2006 Threat Abatement Plan (PDF 1 MB).
The 2006 TAP has now been review by the Minister who has decided that a revised TAP offers the best option for further reductions in seabird bycatch. The 2006 TAP remains in force until a revised TAP is approved by the Minister.
Queries concerning the Threat Abatement Plan should be directed to:
Territories, Environment and Treaties Section
Australian Antarctic Division
203 Channel Highway
KINGSTON TAS 7050