Open for Comment: Draft Terms of Reference for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for Project Sea Dragon
09 Sep 2016
Project Sea Dragon - core breeding and broodstock maturation centre
The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released the draft Terms of Reference (ToR) for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Project Sea Dragon core breeding centre and broodstock maturation centre for public review.
Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd is proposing to establish a core breeding centre and broodstock maturation centre at Point Ceylon in Bynoe Harbour (the Project), approximately 120 km by road from Darwin, Northern Territory.
The Project is one component of the larger Project Sea Dragon, which also includes:
- a hatchery proposed to be located near Darwin. The hatchery would be considered under the Environmental Assessment Act (EA Act) through a separate Notice of Intent (NOI)
- the Stage 1 Legune Grow-out Facility proposed for Legune Station, which is being assessed separately under the EA Act at the level of an environmental impact statement (EIS).
The core breeding centre is to be used for the development, production and selection of high performing prawn stock. The top performing individual prawns would be transferred to the broodstock maturation centre to produce commercial numbers of broodstock for use in the hatchery. The Project is proposed to be staged but will be assessed at full scale.
The NT EPA decided that the core breeding centre and broodstock maturation centre requires assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act at the level of an EIS.
The draft Terms of Reference were developed by the NT EPA to assist Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd in preparing an EIS for the core breeding centre and broodstock maturation centre.
The draft Terms of Reference are now available for public comment. Comments are to be submitted on or before COB Friday 23 September 2016.
The NT EPA will then finalise and issue the Terms of Reference to Project Sea Dragon Pty Ltd for preparation of the EIS.
To obtain a copy of the draft Terms of Reference and to make a submission visit www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment.