Notice WTR2014/1 Online Permit Applications for Coral Exporters

Date published: 
Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:30

Important notice for exporters of corals

Advice on the online permits application system which enables exporters to apply for their permit using a smart form. Using the online system, exporters are able to apply for CITES export permits for specimens sourced from an approved fishery. 


Notice to Coral Exporters on online permit applications

WTR2014/1

The Department of the Environment is issuing the following advice to coral exporters regarding permitting applications for the export of Australian native coral species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The advice relates to coral species that are harvested by the Western Australian Marine Aquarium Fish Managed Fishery, the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery and the Queensland Coral Fishery, all of which are commercial fisheries currently approved as Wildlife Trade Operations under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The Department has introduced a new online permit application system which enables exporters to apply for their permit online using a smart form.

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Information for all coral exporters

Using the online system, exporters are able to apply for CITES export permits for specimens sourced from an approved fishery. You are not required to list the genus or individual species names on the application, instead exporters should list the name of the approved fishery under which they are licensed or from which their specimens are sourced. The steps for completing the online application are found in Attachment A.

The permit approval will cover all species listed on the schedule of approved specimens for the relevant Wildlife Trade Operation (see the Wildlife trade operations page for a list of approved Wildlife Trade Operations).

If the coral exporter is the harvester

Provided the permit holder is licensed to harvest the species and the species appears on the schedule, they can apply to export the specimens. All permit applications will require the usual supporting documentation (a copy of the exporters Fisheries License). This can be uploaded when the electronic application is submitted.

Should the exporter be licensed under several fisheries, they will be required to enter the details for each fishery and will be issued with one permit per approved fishery. Exporters will only need to pay for one permit application. All issued permits will include a copy of the schedule of approved species under the relevant Wildlife Trade Operation as an annex.

If the coral exporter is not the harvester

If the exporter is not the coral harvester, the exporter will need to apply for their own permits from the Department. The application process will be the same as outlined in Attachment A for all applicants; however the exporter will also need to provide a copy of the approved harvester’s documentation (e.g. a Fisheries License) and relevant invoices from the harvester to demonstrate proof of purchase. This is to ensure that the Department can link the export back to an approved source.

How your new permit will look

In addition to simplifying the permit application process, we have simplified the way your permit will look once it is issued. Fewer line items will appear on the permit, however you will still be authorised to export the same species outlined on your previous permits. Higher listings of order and class have been included where possible, but as before, you are still only authorised to export specimens listed on your relevant schedule. Note that all species licensed under the approved fishery will be listed on your permit, even if you are not applying to export them. The new permits will be issued as follows:

Queensland Coral Fishery:

Scientific and Common Name Description
Anthozoa
anemones, corals
Live Coral, refer to attached Annex
Hydrozoa
mileporine corals, stinging corals, lace corals
Live Coral, refer to attached Annex
Scleractinia spp.
coral rock
Live rock >3cm attached to live specimens
Scleractinia spp.
coral rock
Substrate >3cm attached to live specimens
Scleractinia spp.
coral fragments
Fragments (2 – 30 mm) attached to non-CITES soft coral

Northern Territory Aquarium

Scientific and Common Name Description
Anthozoa
anemones, corals
Live Coral, refer to attached Annex
Scleractinia spp.
coral rock
Live rock >3cm attached to live specimens
Scleractinia spp.
coral rock
Substrate >3cm attached to live specimens
Scleractinia spp.
coral fragments
Fragments (2 – 30 mm) attached to non-CITES soft coral
Tridacna squamosa
fluted giant clam
Live
Tridacna squamosa
fluted giant clam
Shells / meat

Western Australian Marine Aquarium Fish Managed Fishery

Scientific and Common Name Description
Anthozoa
anemones, corals
Live Coral, refer to attached Annex
Scleractinia spp.
coral rock
Live rock >3cm attached to live specimens
Scleractinia spp.
coral rock
Substrate >3cm attached to live specimens
Scleractinia spp.
coral fragments
Fragments (2 – 30 mm) attached to non-CITES soft coral
Tridacna
giant clams
Live, refer to attached Annex
Tridacna
giant clams
Shells / meat, refer to attached Annex
Hippocampus
seahorse
Live, refer to attached Annex
Hippocampus
seahorse
Dried, refer to attached Annex

Listing of Scleractinia Corals

As outlined above, exports permits will be issued for the relevant approved fishery. The permit issued will contain three line items for Scleractinia species:

  • Scleractinia spp.
    coral rock
    • Description: Live Rock >3 cm attached to live specimens (not transported in water)
    • This listing should be used for Scleractinia live rock specimens greater than 3 cm in diameter attached to live specimens of invertebrate species and coralline rock not included in the CITES Appendices. These specimens will not be transported in water and will be recorded by weight (kg).
    • Such listings do not require to be identified any further than the order Scleractinia.
  • Scleractinia spp.
    coral rock
    • Description: Substrate >3 cm attached to live specimens (transported in water)
    • This listing should be used for Scleractinia substrate specimens greater than 3 cm in diameter attached to live specimens of invertebrate species and coralline rock not included in the CITES Appendices. These specimens will be transported in water and recorded by number.
    • Such listings do not require to be identified any further than the order Scleractinia.
  • Scleractinia spp.
    coral fragments
    • Description: Fragments (2–30 mm) attached to non-CITES soft coral.
    • This listing should be used for pieces of Scleractinia between 2 and 30 mm. Such specimens are generally attached to non-CITES soft corals as the structural base when the coral is transported. Specimens should be recorded by number, and the non-CITES component of the specimen should not be listed on the Specimen Export Record. If multiple soft coral species are being exported, they can be grouped together as the permit relates only to the CITES-listed Scleractinia and not to the soft coral.
    • Such listings do not require to be identified any further than the order Scleractinia.

All other forms of Scleractinia corals will be required to be listed to the species level, and will be covered on your permit by the class Anthozoa. Only species listed and approved under your relevant fishery can be exported.

The permit will also include a new condition as follows:

  • “Scleractinia coral rock refers to both live rock and coral substrate. Live rock refers to pieces of coral rock to which are attached live specimens of invertebrate species and coralline algae not included in the CITES Appendices transported moist but not in water. Coral substrate refers to pieces or coral rock to which are attached invertebrates of species not included in the CITES Appendices and which are transported in water.”

Specimen Export Records

All exporters are provided with Specimen Export Records (SER). A SER must be completed with the specimen details for each consignment sent. Refer to Notification WTR2013/5 (see Attachment B) for information regarding which coral taxa may be identified to genus level in the SER and which must be identified to the species level. Note that all taxa should be identified to species level where feasible.

Coral Non-Detriment Findings

Over the past two and a half years, the Australian CITES Scientific Authority has been improving the process for conducting non detriment findings for fisheries harvesting CITES-listed species. The fact sheet in Attachment C outlines the process and the factors that have been considered in these assessments. In line with these findings, each fishery that is authorised to harvest coral has been issued with a schedule outlining which species may be harvested for export. These schedules provide the Australian CITES Management Authority with a level of detail for issuing permits that has not been available before. The new permitting process is being implemented to align with the improved management of commercial fisheries approved under the EPBC Act.

For further information regarding this notice, please contact:

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

Authorised by Michelle Scott, Acting Director, Wildlife Trade Regulation
CITES Management Authority of Australia

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