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This instrument declares the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery as an approved wildlife trade operation for the purposes of the EPBC Act.
Administered by: Environment and Energy
Registered 09 Dec 2016
Date ceased to have effect 06 Dec 2019
Ceased by Self Ceasing


Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999




I, PAUL MURPHY, Assistant Secretary, Wildlife Trade and Biosecurity Branch, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Energy, 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


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, except for specimens collected in Northern Territory waters, 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 2.


This declaration:

a)             is valid until 6 December 2019; and

b)            is subject to the conditions under section 303FT of the EPBC Act specified in the Schedule 1.


Dated this 8th day of            December 2016


……………….……Paul Murphy……………………

Delegate of the Minister for the Environment and Energy


A person whose interests are affected by this declaration may, within 28 days, make an application in writing to the Department of the Environment and Energy for the reasons for the decision.

An application for independent review of the decision (under section 303GJ (1) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999) may be made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), on payment of the relevant fee (currently $884 or reduced fee where applicable due to financial hardship) by the applicant, either within 28 days of receipt of the reasons for the decision, or within 28 days of this declaration if reasons for the decision are not sought. Applications should be made to the Deputy Registrar, AAT in your Capital City. Please visit the AAT’s website at http://www.aat.gov.au/ for further information.

You may make an application under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) to access documents relevant to this decision. For further information, please visit http://www.environment.gov.au/foi/index.html.

Further enquiries should be directed to the Director, Sustainable Fisheries Section, Department of the Environment and Energy, Telephone: (02) 6274 1917 Email: sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au.






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), except for specimens collected in Northern Territory waters, taken in the Northern Territory Aquarium Fishery subject to the following conditions:


1.      Operation of the fishery will be carried out in accordance with the management regime under the NT Fisheries Act 1988 and the NT Fisheries Regulations.

2.      The NT Department of Primary Industry and Resources (DPIR) to inform the Department of any intended material changes to the fishery’s management arrangements that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

3.      The NT DPIR to produce and present reports to the Department annually as per Appendix B of the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition.

4.      The NT DPIR to:

a.       limit harvest of CITES listed species according to current non-detriment findings for each species or species group

b.      consult with the Department prior to a change to the management arrangements for a CITES listed species being implemented.

5.      In consultation with the Department, the NT DPIR to:

a.       complete the ecological risk assessment (ERA) report

b.      commence development of a harvest strategy for the fishery, and

c.       consider further research on CITES species to better define species' distribution and abundance in areas of high fishing effort.

6.      The NT DPIR to:

a.       implement appropriate measures to ensure accurate recording of catch data, which may include electronic logbooks and vessel monitoring systems, and

b.      investigate and implement measures to improve species level identification for harvested species.








Scleractinian coral

Acropora nana

Echinophyllia aspera 

Goniastrea palauensis  

Acanthastrea bowerbanki

Acropora nasuta

Echinophyllia orpheensis

Goniastrea pectinata 

Acanthastrea echinata 

Acropora nobilis

Euphyllia ancora

Goniastrea retiformis 

Acanthastrea hemprichii

Acropora palifera

Euphyllia cristata

Goniopora columna 

Acanthastrea hillae 

Acropora palmerae

Euphyllia divisa

Goniopora djiboutiensis 

Acanthastrea lordhowensis

Acropora papillare

Euphyllia glabrescens 

Goniopora eclipsensis 

Acanthastrea maxima

Acropora polystoma

Euphyllia paraancora 

Goniopora lobata 

Acanthastrea maxima

Acropora pulchra

Favia favus 

Goniopora minor 

Acanthastrea micromussa

Acropora robusta

Favia helianthoides 

Goniopora norfolkensis 

Acropora abrotanoides

Acropora russelli

Favia laxa 

Goniopora pandoraensis 

Acropora aculeus

Acropora samoensis

Favia lizardensis 

Goniopora pendulus 

Acropora acuminata

Acropora sarmentosa

Favia maritima 

Goniopora somaliensis 

Acropora anthocercis

Acropora selago

Favia matthaii 

Goniopora stokesi

Acropora aspera

Acropora solitaryensis

Favia maxima 

Goniopora stutchburyi  

Acropora austera

Acropora spicifera

Favia pallida 

Goniopora tenuidens 

Acropora brueggemanni

Acropora stoddarti

Favia rotumana 

Heliofungia actiniformis

Acropora bushyensis

Acropora subglabra

Favia rotundata 

Herpolitha limax

Acropora cardenae

Acropora subulata

Favia speciosa 

Heteractis crispa

Acropora cerealis

Acropora tenuis

Favia stelligera 

Heteractis magnifica

Acropora clathrata

Acropora tortuosa

Favia truncatus 

Heteractis malu

Acropora cytherea

Acropora turaki

Favia veroni 

Hydnophora exesa 

Acropora danai

Acropora valenciennesi

Favites abdita

Hydnophora microconos 

Acropora dendrum

Acropora valida

Favites chinensis 

Hydnophora pilosa 

Acropora digitifera

Acropora vaughani

Favites complanata 

Hydnophora rigida 

Acropora divaricata

Acropora verweyi

Favites flexuosa 

Leptastrea purpurea

Acropora donei  

Acropora willisae

Favites halicora 

Leptastrea transversa

Acropora echinata

Acropora yongei

Favites paraflexuosa 

Leptogorgia virgulata

Acropora efflorescence

Alveopora allingi

Favites pentagona 

Leptoria phrygia 

Acropora elseyi

Alveopora spongiosa

Favites russelli 

Leptoseris explanata

Acropora exquisita

Alveopora tizardi

Fungia concinna

Lithophyllon edwardsi

Acropora florida

Alveopora verrilliana

Fungia costulata

Lithophyllon undulatum

Acropora formosa

Astreopora expansa

Fungia cyclolites

Lobophyllia corymbosa 

Acropora gemmifera

Astreopora gracilis

Fungia distorta

Lobophyllia diminuta 

Acropora glauca

Astreopora myriophthalma

Fungia fragilis

Lobophyllia hataii 

Acropora grandis

Astreopora ocellata           

Fungia fungites

Lobophyllia hemprichii

Acropora granulosa

Astreopora randalli

Fungia granulosa

Lobophyllia pachysepta 

Acropora horrida

Australogyra zelli

Fungia horrida

Lobophyllia robusta  

Acropora humilis

Australomussa rowleyensis

Fungia klunzingeri

Merulina sp

Acropora hyacinthus

Balanophyllia cornu

Fungia patelliformis

Micromussa amakusensis

Acropora Indiana

Balanophyllia generatrix

Fungia paumotensis

Micromussa diminuta

Acropora intermedia

Blastomussa wellsi

Fungia repanda 

Montastrea curta 

Acropora latistella

Caulastrea sp

Fungia scruposa

Montastrea magnistellata 

Acropora listeri

Catalaphyllia jardinei

Fungia scutaria

Montastrea valenciennesi 

Acropora loisetteae

Ctenactis albitentaculata

Fungia sinensis

Montipora aequituberculata

Acropora longicyathus

Ctenactis echinata             

Fungia tenuis

Montipora angulata

Acropora lovelli

Cynarina lacrymalis 

Galaxea astreata

Montipora australiensis

Acropora lutkeni

Cyphastrea chalcidicum

Galaxea fascicularis

Montipora calcarea

Acropora microclados

Cyphastrea microphthalma

Goniastrea aspera 

Montipora caliculata

Acropora microphthalma

Cyphastrea seralia

Goniastrea australensis 

Montipora capricornis

Acropora millepora

Dendrophyllia arbuscula

Goniastrea edwardsi 

Montipora crassituberculata

Acropora monticulosa

Duncanopsammia axifuga

Goniastrea favulus 

Montipora danae


Montipora digitata

Mycedium elephantotus

Pocillopora woodjonesi 

Scolymia vitiensis

Montipora efflorescens

Oxypora lacera

Podabacia crustacea

Seriatopora hystrix

Montipora floweri

Oxypora sp

Polyphyllia talpina

Stylophora pistillata 

Montipora foliosa

Pavona cactus

Porites annae  

Stylophora subseriata

Montipora foveolata

Pavona decussata

Porites aranetai 

Symphyllia agaricia 

Montipora grisea

Pavona explanata

Porites australiensis 

Symphyllia radians 

Montipora hispida

Pavona maldivensis

Porites cylindrica 

Symphyllia recta 

Montipora hoffmeisteri

Pavona varians

Porites evermanni

Symphyllia valenciennesii 

Montipora incrassata

Pavona venosa

Porites heronensis  

Trachyphyllia geoffroyi 

Montipora informis

Pectinia lactuca 

Porites lichen

Tubastraea micranthus

Montipora millepora

Pectinia paeonia 

Porites lobata

Tubipora musica

Montipora mollis

Pectinia teres 

Porites lutea 

Tubipora musica

Montipora monasteriata

Physogyra lichtensteini

Porites murrayensis 

Turbinaria bifrons 

Montipora nodosa

Platygyra daedalea 

Porites nigrescens 

Turbinaria conspicua 

Montipora peltiformis

Platygyra lamellina 

Porites rus  

Turbinaria frondens

Montipora spongodes

Platygyra pini 

Porites solida 

Turbinaria mesenterina 

Montipora spumosa

Platygyra ryukyuensis 

Porites stephensoni 

Turbinaria patula 

Montipora stellata

Platygyra sinensis 

Porites vaughani 

Turbinaria peltata

Montipora tuberculosa

Platygyra verweyi 

Psammocora contigua

Turbinaria radicalis 

Montipora turgescens

Plerogyra sinuosa

Psammocora digitata

Turbinaria reniformis 

Montipora turtlensis

Plesiastrea versipora

Psammocora explanulata

Turbinaria stellulata

Montipora undata

Pocillopora damicornis

Psammocora haimeana

Giant clams

Montipora venosa

Pocillopora eydouxi  

Psammocora nierstraszi

Tridacna maxima

Montipora verrucosa

Pocillopora meandrina 

Psammocora profundacella

Tridacna squamosa

Moseleya latistellata

Pocillopora verrucosa 

Psammocora superficialis

Live rock