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Administered by: Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Published Date 13 Dec 2012
Printed Publication Date 13 Dec 2012

 

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION

 

I, GEOFF RICHARDSON, Assistant Secretary, Marine Biodiversity and Biosecurity Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, having satisfied myself on the matters set out in section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999     (EPBC Act), declare the operation that is specified in column 1 of Table 1, to be an approved wildlife trade operation under subsection 303FN (2) of the EPBC Act, but only to the extent the operation relates to the class of specimens specified in column 2 of Table 1.

 

Table 1

Operation

Class of Specimens

Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery (being the Aquarium Fishing/Display Fishery as defined in the Northern Territory Fisheries Regulations in force under the Northern Territory Fisheries Act 1988).

Specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than:

a)      specimens that belong to species listed under Part 13 of the EPBC Act, and

b)      specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 303CA of the EPBC Act         (Part 13A), except for specimens that belong to taxa listed in Schedule 1.

 

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

a)                  is valid until 30 May 2014 and;

b)                  is subject to the conditions applied under section 303FT specified in Schedule 2.

 

 

Dated this 12th day of December 2012

 

 

 

 

………………………Geoff Richardson………………………

Delegate of the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities

 

 

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 Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities 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 1

 

Coral

Acropora lovelli

Dendrophyllia arbuscula

Fungia patelliformis

Acanthastrea bowerbanki

Acropora lutkeni

Duncanopsammia axifuga

Fungia paumotensis

Acanthastrea echinata 

Acropora microclados

Echinophyllia aspera 

Fungia repanda

Acanthastrea hemprichii

Acropora microphthalma

Echinophyllia orpheensis

Fungia scruposa

Acanthastrea hillae 

Acropora millepora

Euphyllia ancora

Fungia scutaria

Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Acropora monticulosa

Euphyllia cristata

Fungia sinensis

Acropora abrotanoides

Acropora nana

Euphyllia divisa

Fungia tenuis

Acropora aculeus

Acropora nasuta

Euphyllia glabrescens 

Galaxea astreata

Acropora acuminata

Acropora nobilis

Euphyllia paraancora 

Galaxea fascicularis

Acropora anthocercis

Acropora palifera

Favia favus 

Goniastrea aspera 

Acropora aspera

Acropora palmerae

Favia helianthoides 

Goniastrea australensis 

Acropora austera

Acropora papillare

Favia laxa 

Goniastrea edwardsi 

Acropora brueggemanni

Acropora polystoma

Favia lizardensis 

Goniastrea favulus 

Acropora bushyensis

Acropora pulchra

Favia maritima 

Goniastrea palauensis  

Acropora cardenae

Acropora robusta

Favia matthaii 

Goniastrea pectinata 

Acropora cerealis

Acropora russelli

Favia maxima 

Goniastrea retiformis 

Acropora clathrata

Acropora samoensis

Favia pallida 

Goniopora columna 

Acropora cytherea

Acropora sarmentosa

Favia rotumana 

Goniopora djiboutiensis 

Acropora danai

Acropora selago

Favia rotundata 

Goniopora eclipsensis 

Acropora dendrum

Acropora solitaryensis

Favia speciosa 

Goniopora lobata 

Acropora digitifera

Acropora spicifera

Favia stelligera 

Goniopora minor 

Acropora divaricata

Acropora stoddarti

Favia truncatus 

Goniopora norfolkensis 

Acropora donei

Acropora subglabra

Favia veroni 

Goniopora pandoraensis 

Acropora echinata

Acropora subulata

Favites abdita

Goniopora pendulus 

Acropora elseyi

Acropora tenuis

Favites chinensis 

Goniopora somaliensis 

Acropora exquisita

Acropora tortuosa

Favites complanata 

Goniopora stokesi

Acropora florida

Acropora turaki

Favites flexuosa 

Goniopora stutchburyi  

Acropora formosa

Acropora valenciennesi

Favites halicora 

Goniopora tenuidens 

Acropora gemmifera

Acropora valida

Favites paraflexuosa 

Heliofungia actiniformis

Acropora glauca

Acropora vaughani

Favites pentagona 

Herpolitha limax

Acropora grandis

Acropora verweyi

Favites russelli 

Hydnophora exesa 

Acropora granulosa

Acropora willisae

Fungia concinna

Hydnophora microconos 

Acropora horrida

Acropora yongei

Fungia costulata

Hydnophora pilosa 

Acropora humilis

Australomussa rowleyensis

Fungia cyclolites

Hydnophora rigida 

Acropora hyacinthus

Balanophyllia cornu

Fungia distorta

Leptastrea purpurea

Acropora Indiana

Balanophyllia generatrix

Fungia fragilis

Leptastrea transversa

Acropora intermedia

Cynarina lacrymalis 

Fungia fungites

Leptoria phrygia 

Acropora latistella

Cyphastrea chalcidicum

Fungia granulosa

Lithophyllon undulatum

Acropora listeri

Cyphastrea microphthalma

Fungia horrida

Lobophyllia corymbosa 

Acropora loisetteae

Cyphastrea seralia

Fungia klunzingeri

Lobophyllia diminuta 

Acropora longicyathus

Montipora monasteriata

Pocillopora meandrina 

Turbinaria frondens

Lobophyllia hataii 

Montipora nodosa

Pocillopora verrucosa 

Turbinaria mesenterina 

Lobophyllia hemprichii

Montipora peltiformis

Pocillopora woodjonesi 

Turbinaria patula 

Lobophyllia pachysepta 

Montipora spongodes

Podabacia crustacea

Turbinaria peltata

Lobophyllia robusta  

Montipora spumosa

Polyphyllia talpina

Turbinaria radicalis 

Micromussa diminuta

Montipora stellata

Porites annae  

Turbinaria reniformis 

Montastrea curta 

Montipora tuberculosa

Porites aranetai 

Turbinaria stellulata  

Montastrea magnistellata 

Montipora turgescens

Porites australiensis 

Live Rock

Montastrea valenciennesi 

Montipora turtlensis

Porites cylindrica 

Clams

Montipora aequituberculata

Montipora undata

Porites evermanni

Tridacna squamosa

Montipora angulata

Montipora venosa

Porites heronensis  

 

Montipora australiensis

Montipora verrucosa

Porites lichen

 

Montipora calcarea

Moseleya latistellata

Porites lobata

 

Montipora caliculata

Mycedium elephantotus

Porites lutea 

 

Montipora capricornis

Oxypora lacera

Porites murrayensis 

 

Montipora crassituberculata

Pectinia lactuca 

Porites nigrescens 

 

Montipora danae

Pectinia paeonia 

Porites rus  

 

Montipora digitata

Pectinia teres 

Porites solida 

 

Montipora efflorescens

Physogyra lichtensteini

Porites stephensoni 

 

Montipora floweri

Platygyra daedalea 

Porites vaughani 

 

Montipora foliosa

Platygyra lamellina 

Stylophora pistillata 

 

Montipora foveolata

Platygyra pini 

Symphyllia agaricia 

 

Montipora grisea

Platygyra ryukyuensis 

Symphyllia radians 

 

Montipora hispida

Platygyra sinensis 

Symphyllia recta 

 

Montipora hoffmeisteri

Platygyra verweyi 

Symphyllia valenciennesii 

 

Montipora incrassata

Plerogyra sinuosa

Trachyphyllia geoffroyi 

 

Montipora informis

Plesiastrea versipora

Tubipora musica

 

Montipora millepora

Pocillopora damicornis

Turbinaria bifrons 

 

Montipora mollis

Pocillopora eydouxi  

Turbinaria conspicua 

 


SCHEDULE 2

 

Declaration of the Harvest Operations of the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery as an approved wildlife trade operation, December 2012

 

ADDITIONAL PROVISIONS (section 303FT)

 

Relating to the harvesting of fish specimens that are, or are derived from, fish or invertebrates, other than specimens of species listed under Part 13 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), taken in the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery:

 

Condition 1: Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the management regime under the Northern Territory Fisheries Act 1988 and the Northern Territory Fisheries Regulations 1993.

Condition 2: The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries to advise the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities of any intended material change to the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery’s management arrangements that could affect the criteria on which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are based.

 

Condition 3: The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries to produce and present reports to the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities annually as per Appendix B of the ‘Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition’.

 

Condition 4: The Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries to consult with the Australian CITES[1] Scientific Authority for Marine Species prior to a change to the management arrangements for a CITES or Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 listed species being implemented.

Condition 5: By 1 March 2013, the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries to implement a trigger reference point of 200 for giant fluted clams (Tridacna squamosa).

Condition 6: By 1 March 2013, the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries to have implemented individual species specific trigger reference points for coral species of concern and live rock (listed in Tables 1 and 2 of the December 2012 Non-Detriment Finding for the Export of CITES-Listed Coral Species Harvested from the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery):

a)      to limit their harvest to the previous two and a half-year average (that is,     2010 to May 2012), and

b)      should harvest increase or decrease by 30% from the previous three-year average.

To allow accurate application of trigger reference points, coral pieces of greater than 500g should be weighed individually.

 

 

 

Condition 7: By 1 March 2013, the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, in consultation with the Australian CITES Scientific Authority for Marine Species, to have implemented a precautionary, species-specific (or genus -specific where identification is not possible to species-level) trigger reference point not exceeding 40 kg per year for all other coral species harvested within the fishery that have not been identified as being of potential concern (that is, those species not listed in Table 1 or Table 2 of the December 2012 Non-Detriment Finding for the Export of CITES-Listed Coral Species Harvested from the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery).

Condition 8: By 1 March 2013, the Northern Territory Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries to develop management responses for all trigger reference points which stipulate that harvest will cease until there is information/evidence illustrating that ongoing harvest would not be detrimental to the taxon, and, this information/evidence should be provided to the Australian CITES Scientific Authority for Marine Species before harvest may resume.

 



[1] Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora