Identified Ecological Risk


The Queensland Coral Fishery underpins the marine aquarium industry on the Great Barrier Reef. The fishery underwent EPBC Act Fishery Assessment for approval as a Wildlife Trade Operation for export eligibility in 2012.

Conditions applied to Fisheries Queensland for ongoing export approval for the Queensland Coral Fishery included stipulations outlined in the Non-detriment Finding assessment undertaken by the Australian Government’s CITES Scientific Authority earlier in 2012. This was the first time since the fishery was first approved for export in 2006 that the Non-detriment Finding had been a separate assessment. It heralded a higher level of scrutiny of the fishery commensurate with its development as a supplier to the international market.

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