Notice WTR2013/4 andWTR 2013/5 Exports of native non-CITES coral specimens and CITES-listed corals

Date published: 
Thu, 09/26/2013 - 09:45

Important notice for exporters of corals

The Department wishes to advise that permits are not required for the export of non–CITES listed Australian native coral species where they are harvested from commercial fisheries approved under the EPBC Act. Permits will still be required for the export of CITES–listed corals and exporters should ensure acceptable taxonomic names are used.


Notice to Exporters of Wildlife Products

WTR2013/4

Replaces notice WTR2011/2 dated 5 August 2011

Exports of native non-CITES coral specimens

Permits are not required for the export of non-CITES listed Australian native coral species where they are harvested from commercial fisheries approved under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

Native coral species that are:

  • not listed under CITES; and
  • not listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act; and
  • have been lawfully collected from an Australian fishery; and
  • that fishery was declared as an approved wildlife trade operation under the EPBC Act at the time of the collection (http://www.environment.gov.au/coasts/fisheries/index.html)

do not require permits for export from Australia.

Exporters are still required to abide by the relevant state or territory legislation and licensing requirements in the harvest of native Australian coral species.

It is recommended that exporters of Australian native coral species harvested from commercial fisheries that have previously held an export permit issued by this department include a copy of this notification with their goods to be exported to avoid confusion and possible seizure of goods.

The Ddepartment reminds exporters that specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act still require a permit.

Further information or queries regarding this notice should be addressed to:

Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au
Phone: 02 6274 1900 (answered during business hours, 9am-5pm weekdays)

Authorised by Frank Antram, Director, Wildlife Trade Regulation
CITES Management Authority of Australia

Notice to exporters of native non–CITES coral specimens WTR2013/4 (PDF - 94.65 KB)

Notice to exporters of native non–CITES coral specimens WTR2013/4 (DOCX - 232.18 KB)


Notice to Exporters of Wildlife Products

WTR2013/5

Replaces notice WTR2011/3

Exports of CITES-listed corals
Advice on Acceptable Taxonomic Names

The Department of the Environment reminds exporters that permits are required for export of corals that are listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Many exporters will be aware that some countries are questioning or not accepting Australian CITES permits if the species names cited on the permit do not comply with CITES ‘acceptable taxonomy’. NOTE: This is particularly relevant to exporters who operate under a Multiple Consignment Authority, and complete their own Specimen Export Record (SER) for each shipment.

In order to assist exporters to use the ‘acceptable’ species names and avoid the use of synonyms, the department has compiled an alphabetical list by Class of Australian corals listed under CITES (Annex A - Version 3, 28 October 2011 - attached). Only those names in the left hand column should be used on a SER. The greyed-out names in the central column are synonyms that should not be used. The third column is the family name to which each species belongs. This column, too, has greyed-out names that are no longer acceptable. This list is available on our website at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/index.html or via email upon request to wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au to enable electronic searching of the names.

Most coral specimens need to be identified to species level, although some are acceptable if only identified to genus level (Annex B attached – from CITES Notification to the Parties 2013/035).

For export of Australian native corals that are NOT listed under CITES, please refer to Notice WTR2013/4 dated 26 September 2013.

Further information or queries regarding this notice should be addressed to:

Wildlife Trade Regulation Section
Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au
Phone: 02 6274 1900 (answered during business hours, 9am-5pm weekdays)

Authorised by Frank Antram, Director, Wildlife Trade Regulation
CITES Management Authority of Australia

Notice to exporters of CITES-listed corals WTR2013/5 (PDF - 50.35 KB)

Notice to exporters of CITES-listed corals WTR2013/5 (DOCX - 232.18 KB)