The EMS Foundation has instructed Cullinan and Associates, leader in the field of environmental and green business law, to request on their behalf the opportunity for further public consultation with the Department of the Environment, Forestry and Fisheries with regards to the amendments to the Threatened Or Protected Species (TOPS) Regulations and Lists.
THE PURPOSE OF THREATENED AND PROTECTED SPECIES (TOPS) REGULATIONS AND LISTS:
These regulations and lists are made under the National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, of 2004. They provide for the protection and conservation of threatened species including marine plants and animals.
THE EMS FOUNDATION HAS RAISED CONCERNS AND THESE INCLUDE:
Substantial amendments have been made both to the TOPS Regulations and the List; and five years have elapsed since the last public consultation on the proposed amendments; and that a further consultation with the public is therefore required by law prior to implementation of the proposed amendments.
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