Seahorse Marine Services - WTO declaration 2004

Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation
Commonwealth of Australia Gazette GN 26, 30 June 2004

Commonwealth of Australia
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Declaration of an Approved Wildlife Trade Operation

I, Ian Cresswell, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Sustainable Fisheries Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the Act) the application from the South Australian Seahorse Marine Services, public comments on the proposal as required under s303FR, and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in section 303FN of the Act. I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of syngnathids from South Australian waters, by South Australian Seahorse Marine Services, in accordance with relevant State permits, to be an approved wildlife trade operation in accordance with s.303FN for the purposes of the Act.

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

  1. is valid from 1 July 2004 until 30 June 2007; and
  2. is subject to the conditions applied under s.303FT specified in the Schedule.

Dated this 17th day of June 2004

[Signed]

Ian Cresswell
Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Heritage

Under the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975, a person whose interests are affected by this decision may apply for a statement of reasons and for independent review of the decision. An application for a statement of reason may be made in writing to Department of the Environment and Heritage within 28 days of the date of the declaration. An application for independent review may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal on payment of the relevant fee within 28 days of the date of the declaration, or if reasons are sought, within 28 days of receipt of reasons. Further information may be obtained from the Director, Sustainable Fisheries Section.

Schedule

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the South Australian Seahorse Marine Services as an approved Wildlife Trade Operation

Additional provisions (s.303FT)

Relating to the harvesting of syngnathids by South Australian Seahorse Marine Service (SASMS) in accordance with State permitting requirements.

  1. Export of syngnathid species is restricted to:
    • Short-snouted seahorse (Hippocampus breviceps)
    • Western Australian seahorse (Hippocampus elongatus)
    • Knobby seahorse (Hippocampus tuberculatus)
    • Yellow seahorse or spotted seahorse (Hippocampus kuda)
    • Weedy seadragon (Phyllopteryx taeniolatus)
    • Spotted pipefish (Stigmatopora argus)
    • Wide-bodied pipefish (Stigmatopora nigra)
    • Leafy seadragon (Phycodorus eques)
  2. Export of syngnathid species is restricted to existing stocks, the offspring of existing stock and specimens held or taken under exemption permits as issued by the South Australian Department of Primary Industries and Resources.
  3. Harvest of syngnathids is prohibited in Commonwealth waters.
  4. Annual reports are to be provided by SASMS to the Department of the Environment and Heritage and should include:
    • an assessment of culturing operations by species from the initial broodstock collection;
    • total harvest by species: including location, quantities, size, sex of individuals collected and details of any mortalities of broodstock, by species;
    • details of the facility and husbandry methods used;
    • results of spawning, mating and rearing operations, including fecundity, survivorship and mortality in the progeny of wild-caught and subsequent generations;
    • for purchased broodstock, details of numbers of specimens purchased, when, from whom and their licensing/permit arrangements;
    • copies of permits issued to SASMS by the relevant State authorities.
  5. SASMS is to advise DEH of any changes to the relevant South Australian permitting requirements within 3 months of their implementation.