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Wildlife Trade Management Plan - Queensland Crocodile Farming

Trade in wildlife can pose a serious threat to Australia's unique biodiversity and to plants and animals around the world.

The 2018-2022 Wildlife Trade Management Plan – Queensland Crocodile Farming has been developed to satisfy Queensland, Australian and international requirements concerning trade in crocodiles or crocodile products to ensure the sustained conservation of the species.

Australia is a signatory to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  Populations of both the Australian freshwater crocodile (Crocodylus johnstoni) and the Australian estuarine crocodile (Crocodylus porosus) are listed in CITES Appendix II, meaning trade must be controlled in order to avoid use incompatible with their survival. The Australian Government Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) regulates the international movement of wildlife and wildlife products and stipulates that the proposed export of a CITES Appendix II specimen must be exported in accordance with an approved wildlife trade management plan.

The primary goal of the Wildlife Trade Management Plan – Queensland Crocodile Farming is to augment the Queensland Nature Conservation (Estuarine Crocodile) Conservation Plan 2007 and Management Program 2007-2017 by recognising that crocodile farming in Queensland was traditionally a ‘closed cycle’ captive industry, but now incorporates provision for the legitimate use of harvested and ranched crocodiles sourced from the Northern Territory and/or Western Australia as part of the Queensland crocodile farming industry. The management plan should be read in conjunction with the Nature Conservation Act 1992 and its subordinate legislation.

Last updated
21 December 2017