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This instrument declares the Queensland Coral Fishery to be an approved wildlife trade operation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Administered by: Agriculture, Water and the Environment
Registered 30 Jul 2021
To be ceased 31 Oct 2021
Ceased by Self Ceasing

COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

 

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

 

DECLARATION OF AN APPROVED WILDLIFE TRADE OPERATION – QUEENSLAND CORAL FISHERY, JULY 2021

 

I, Laura Timmins, Senior Director, Wildlife Trade Office, as Delegate of the Minister for the Environment, have considered in accordance with section 303FN of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) the application from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, public comments on the proposal as required under section 303FR and advice on the ecological sustainability of the operation. I am satisfied on those matters specified in section 303FN of the EPBC Act.

 

I hereby declare the operations for the harvesting of specimens that are or are derived from fish or invertebrates, taken in the Queensland Coral Fishery as defined in the management regime in force under the  Fisheries Act 1994 (Queensland) and  Fisheries Regulations 2019 (Queensland), but not including

(a)    specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 209 of the EPBC Act (Australia’s List of Migratory Species), or

(b)   specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 248 of the EPBC Act (Australia’s List of Marine Species), or

(c)    specimens that belong to eligible listed threatened species, as defined under section 303BC of the EPBC Act, or

(d)   specimens that belong to taxa listed under section 303CA of the EPBC Act (Australia’s CITES List), except for specimens that belong to taxa listed in Schedule A).

to be an approved wildlife trade operation, in accordance with subsection 303FN(2) and paragraph 303FN(10)(d), for the purposes of the EPBC Act.

 

Unless amended or revoked, this declaration:

a)             is valid until 31 October 2021 and;

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

 

 

Dated this 27 day of July 2021

 

 

 

 

Laura Timmins

Delegate of the Minister for the Environment

 

Notes:                                                                                                                                                                          

1.             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 reasons may be made in writing to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment 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, Wildlife Trade Assessments Section, Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Telephone: (02) 6274 1917 Email: sustainablefisheries@environment.gov.au..

 

2.             Australia’s obligations under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) are met through Part 13A of the EPBC Act. Specimens of species listed in Appendix II of Australia’s CITES list under section 303CA of the EPBC Act may only be exported, under a CITES export permit issued under the EPBC Act, if Australia’s CITES Scientific Authority has issued a non-detriment finding for that species. Further information, including a list of species for which non detriment findings have been issued and the fisheries from which they may be sourced, is available from htttp://www.environment.gov.au/topics/biodiversity/wildlife-trade/internationally-endangered-plants-and-animals-cites/how-export.

 

 


Declaration of the harvest operations of the Queensland Coral Fishery as an approved wildlife trade operation, July 2021

 

SCHEDULE 1: 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 and Part 13A of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), taken in the Queensland Coral Fishery:

 

Condition 1:

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries must ensure that operation of the Coral Sea Fishery is carried out in accordance with management regime specified in Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority issued permits, as well as in the following:

·         Fisheries Act 1994 (Qld)

·         Fisheries (General) Regulation 2019 (Qld)

·         Fisheries (Commercial Fisheries) Regulation 2019 (Qld)

·         Fisheries Declaration 2019 (Qld)

·         Fisheries Quota Declaration 2019 (Qld)

·         Marine Parks Act 2004 (Qld)

·         Marine Parks Regulations 2019 (Qld)

·         Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975 (Cth)

·         Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 2019 (Cth).

 

Condition 2:

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries must inform the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of any intended material changes to the Queensland Coral Fishery’s management arrangements that may affect the assessment against which Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 decisions are made.

 

Condition 3:

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries must inform the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment of any intended changes to fisheries legislation that may affect the legislative instruments relevant to this approval.

 

Condition 4:

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries must provide a new application for accreditation of the fishery, 90 days prior to the expiry of this Wildlife Trade Operation approval as per Appendix B of the Guidelines for the Ecologically Sustainable Management of Fisheries - 2nd Edition.


 

Condition 5:

By 30 September 2021, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to implement ongoing species-specific reporting requirements for all species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) that are harvested in the fishery. Reporting must mandate recording of species-specific harvest (or genus-specific for those species listed in schedule A) providing for:

a)      location of harvest by longitude and latitude; and

b)      number of pieces per species (or genus for those species listed in schedule A) and their combined weight

The raw data are to be provided to the CITES Scientific Authority by 30 October 2021, providing a data agreement sufficient to protect commercial confidentiality is in place with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

 

Condition 6:

By 30 September 2021, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries to provide to the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment comprehensive raw catch data for the fishery for the calendar year 2021. This will allow analysis of trends in harvest since the last review was undertaken by Australia’s Scientific Authority for CITES. The provision of this data is contingent on a data agreement sufficient to protect commercial confidentiality is in place with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

 

Any substantive change in harvest trends must be documented as this may be influential in informing future harvest restrictions considered necessary by Australia’s Scientific Authority for CITES for ongoing non-detriment findings to be made.

 

Condition 7:

By 30 September 2021, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries must provide the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment with an implementation plan for improved management arrangements for the Queensland Coral Fishery. The plan must include details on the planned rollout of:

a)      species-specific quotas for all species listed under CITES that are harvested in the fishery, (or genus specific quotas for those species listed in Schedule A);

b)      identify mechanisms to enforce the harvest limits to be applied to species and/or genera and a timeframe for implementation;

c)      a program to independently characterise the species composition of catch reported at the genus level (those species listed in Schedule A);

d)      a schedule for revision of the Ecological Risk Assessment and Ecological Risk Management for this fishery, that is transparent, repeatable and incorporates management, scientific and industry advice and considers comprehensive harvest data;

e)      a plan for promptly considering and responding to the impacts of acute environmental disturbances, such as coral bleaching events and cyclones, on the area of the fishery; and

f)       development, in collaboration with industry, of a traceability framework for the fishery that supports distinguishing wild harvested corals from captive bred corals.

 

 


 

SCHEDULE A)

Acanthastrea amakusensis

Acropora microclados

Astreopora macrostoma

Echinopora mammiformis

Acanthastrea bowerbanki

Acropora microphthalma

Astreopora moretonensis

Echinopora pacificus

Acanthastrea brevis

Acropora millepora

Astreopora myriophthalma

Eguchipsammia fistula

Acanthastrea echinata

Acropora monticulosa

Astreopora ocellata

Euphyllia ancora

Acanthastrea hillae

Acropora multiacuta

Astreopora scabra

Euphyllia cristata

 Micromussa lordhowensis

Acropora nana

Australogyra zelli

Euphyllia divisa

Acanthophyllia deshayesiana

Acropora nasuta

Balanophyllia bairdiana

Euphyllia fimbriata

Acanthastrea regularis

Acropora nobilis

Balanophyllia dentata

Euphyllia glabrescens

Acrhelia horrescens

Acropora palifera

Balanophyllia desmophyllioides

Euphyllia paraancora

Acropora abrolhosensis

Acropora palmerae

Balanophyllia elliptica

Favia danae

Acropora abrotanoides

Acropora plana

Balanophyllia stimpsonii

Favia danai

Acropora aculeus

Acropora paniculata

Balanophyllia yongei

Favia favus

Acropora acuminata

Acropora polystoma

Barabattoia amicorum

Favia helianthoides

Acropora anthocercis

Acropora prostrata

Blastomussa merleti

Favia laxa

Acropora aspera

Acropora pulchra

Blastomussa vivida

Favia lizardensis

Acropora austera

Acropora robusta

Blastomussa wellsi

Favia maritima

Acropora azurea

Acropora rosaria

Catalaphyllia jardinei

Favia matthaii

Acropora brueggemanni

Acropora samoensis

Caulastraea curvata

Favia maxima

Acropora bushyensis

Acropora sarmentosa

Caulastraea echinulata

Favia pallida

Acropora cardenae

Acropora secale

Caulastraea furcata

Favia rotumana

Acropora carduus

Acropora selago

Caulastraea tumida

Favia rotundata

Acropora caroliniana

Acropora solitaryensis

Coeloseris mayeri

Favia speciosa

Acropora cerealis

Acropora spathulata

Coscinaraea columna

Favia stelligera

Acropora chesterfieldensis

Acropora speciosa

Coscinaraea crassa

Favia truncatus

Acropora clathrata

Acropora squarrosa

Coscinaraea exesa

Favia veroni

Acropora crateriformis

Acropora striata

Coscinaraea wellsi

Favia vietnamensis

Acropora cuneata

Acropora subglabra

Ctenactis albitentaculata

Favites abdita

Acropora cytherea

Acropora subulata

Ctenactis crassa

Favites chinensis

Acropora danai

Acropora tenuis

Ctenactis echinata

Favites complanata

Acropora dendrum

Acropora torihalimeda

Cynarina lacrymalis

Favites flexuosa

Acropora desalwii

Acropora torresiana

Cyphastrea agassizi

Favites halicora

Acropora digitifera

Acropora tortuosa

Cyphastrea chalcidicum

Favites pentagona

Acropora divaricata

Acropora valenciennesi

Cyphastrea decadia

Favites russelli

Acropora donei

Acropora valida

Cyphastrea japonica

Fungia concinna

Acropora echinata

Acropora vaughani

Cyphastrea microphthalma

Fungia costulata

Acropora elizabethensis

Acropora verweyi

Cyphastrea ocellina

Fungia curvata

Acropora elseyi

Acropora wallaceae

Cyphastrea serailia

Fungia cyclolites

Acropora florida

Acropora willisae

Dendrophyllia alcocki

Fungia danae

Acropora formosa

Acropora yongei

Dendrophyllia incisa

Fungia distorta

Acropora gemmifera

Alveopora allingi

Dendrophyllia velata

Fungia fragilis

Acropora glauca

Alveopora catalai

Diploastrea heliopora

Fungia fralinae

Acropora globiceps

Alveopora fenestrata

Distichopora coccinea

Fungia fungites

Acropora grandis

Alveopora gigas

Distichopora livida

Fungia granulosa

Acropora granulosa

Alveopora marionensis

Distichopora nitida

Fungia gravis

Acropora horrida

Alveopora spongiosa

Distichopora violacea

Fungia horrida

Acropora humilis

Alveopora tizardi

Duncanopsammia axifuga

Fungia klunzingeri

Acropora hyacinthus

Alveopora verrilliana

Echinophyllia aspera

Fungia moluccensis

Acropora insignis

Anacropora forbesi

Echinophyllia echinata

Fungia patelliformis

Acropora intermedia

Anacropora matthai

Echinophyllia echinoporoides

Fungia paumotensis

Acropora kirstyae

Anacropora puertogalerae

Echinophyllia nishihirai

Fungia repanda

Acropora latistella

Anacropora reticulata

Echinophyllia orpheensis

Fungia scabra

Acropora listeri

Astreopora cucullata

Echinophyllia tosaensis

Fungia scruposa

Acropora longicyathus

Astreopora explanata

Echinopora gemmacea

Fungia scutaria

Acropora loripes

Astreopora gracilis

Echinopora hirsutissima

Fungia sinensis

Acropora lovelli

Astreopora incrustans

Echinopora horrida

Fungia somervillei

Acropora lutkeni

Astreopora listeri

Echinopora lamellosa

Fungia tenuis

 

Galaxea acrhelia

Leptoseris yabei

Montipora verruculosus

Porites lobata

Galaxea astreata

Lithophyllon mokai

Moseleya latistellata

Porites lutea

Galaxea fascicularis

Lobophyllia corymbosa

Mycedium elephantotus

Porites mayeri

Galaxea longisepta

Lobophyllia diminuta

Mycedium robokaki

Porites monticulosa

Goniastrea aspera

Lobophyllia hataii

Oulastrea crispata

Porites murrayensis

Goniastrea australensis

Lobophyllia hemprichii

Oulophyllia bennettae

Porites myrmidonensis

Goniastrea edwardsi

Lobophyllia pachysepta

Oulophyllia crispa

Porites nigrescens

Goniastrea favulus

Lobophyllia robusta

Oxypora glabra

Porites rus

Goniastrea minuta

Madracis kirbyi

Oxypora lacera

Porites solida

Goniastrea palauensis

Merulina ampliata

Pachyseris rugosa

Porites stephensoni

Goniastrea pectinata

Merulina scabricula

Pachyseris speciosa

Porites vaughani

Goniastrea retiformis

Micromussa diminuta

Pavona bipartita

Psammocora contigua

Goniopora columna

Montastrea annuligera

Pavona cactus

Psammocora digitata

Goniopora djiboutiensis

Montastrea curta

Pavona clavus

Psammocora explanulata

Goniopora eclipsensis

Montastrea magnistellata

Pavona danai

Psammocora haimiana

Goniopora fruticosa

Montastrea valenciennesi

Pavona decussata

Psammocora nierstraszi

Goniopora lobata

Montipora aequituberculata

Pavona duerdeni

Psammocora profundacella

Goniopora minor

Montipora angulata

Pavona explanulata

Psammocora superficialis

Goniopora norfolkensis

Montipora australiensis

Pavona maldivensis

Psammocora vaughani

Goniopora palmensis

Montipora caliculata

Pavona minuta

Sandalolitha robusta

Goniopora pandoraensis

Montipora capricornis

Pavona varians

Scolymia australis

(= Homophyllia australis)

Goniopora pendulus

Montipora corbettensis

Pavona venosa

Scolymia vitiensis

(= Lobophylla vitiensis)

Goniopora somaliensis

Montipora crassituberculata

Pectinia alcicornis

Seriatopora aculeata

Goniopora stokesi

Montipora danae

Pectinia lactuca

Seriatopora caliendrum

Goniopora stutchburyi

Montipora digitata

Pectinia paeonia

Seriatopora hystrix

Goniopora tenuidens

Montipora efflorescens

Petrophyllia rediviva

Stylophora pistillata

Heliofungia actiniformis

Montipora effusa

Physogyra lichtensteini

Symphyllia agaricia

Heliopora coerulea

Montipora floweri

Platygyra contorta

Symphyllia radians

Herpolitha limax

Montipora foliosa

Platygyra daedalea

Symphyllia recta

Heteropsammia cochlea

Montipora foveolata

Platygyra lamellina

Symphyllia valenciennesii

Heteropsammia moretonensis

Montipora gaimardi

Platygyra pini

Trachyphyllia geoffroyi

Hydnophora exesa

Montipora granulosa

Platygyra ryukyuensis

Tubastraea coccinea

Hydnophora microconos

Montipora grisea

Platygyra sinensis

Tubastraea diaphana

Hydnophora pilosa

Montipora hispida

Platygyra verweyi

Tubastraea faulkneri

Hydnophora rigida

Montipora hoffmeisteri

Plerogyra sinuosa

Tubastraea micrantha

Leptastrea aequalis

Montipora incrassata

Plesiastrea versipora

Turbinaria bifrons

Leptastrea bewickensis

Montipora informis

Pocillopora damicornis

Turbinaria conspicua

Leptastrea inaequalis

Montipora millepora

Pocillopora eydouxi

Turbinaria frondens

Leptastrea pruinosa

Montipora mollis

Pocillopora kelleheri

Turbinaria heronensis

Leptastrea purpurea

Montipora monasteriata

Pocillopora ligulata

Turbinaria mesenterina

Leptastrea transversa

Montipora nodosa

Pocillopora meandrina

Turbinaria patula

Leptoria irregularis

Montipora peltiformis

Pocillopora verrucosa

Turbinaria peltata

Leptoria phrygia

Montipora spongodes

Pocillopora woodjonesi

Turbinaria radicalis

Leptoseris explanata

Montipora spumosa

Podabacia crustacea

Turbinaria reniformis

Leptoseris foliosa

Montipora stellata

Polyphyllia talpina

Turbinaria stellulata

Leptoseris gardineri

Montipora striata

Porites annae

Tubipora musica

Leptoseris hawaiiensis

Montipora tuberculosa

Porites australiensis

Corallium (Genus)

Leptoseris incrustans

Montipora turgescens

Porites cylindrica

Cirrhipathes (Genus)

Leptoseris mycetoseroides

Montipora turtlensis

Porites densa

Stylaster (Genus)

Leptoseris papyracea

Montipora undata

Porites evermanni

 

Leptoseris scabra

Montipora venosa

Porites heronensis

 

Leptoseris solida

Montipora verrucosa

Porites lichen