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Wildlife Trade Management Plan - Queensland crocodile farming and egg harvesting

The Queensland Government has recently amended legislation to allow estuarine crocodile eggs to be taken from the wild, under a commercial wildlife harvesting licence, but only where the harvesting will not adversely affect the local population of estuarine crocodiles.

A proposed new Wildlife Trade Management Plan for Queensland Crocodile Farming and Crocodile Egg Harvesting (1 November 2018 – 31 October 2023) (the WTMP) has been submitted to the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy for approval by the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. This proposed new plan will assist any relevant wildlife farming licence holders in obtaining approvals for the commercial export of crocodile skins or other crocodile products that have come from harvested eggs. This proposed new plan will have no impact on the existing requirements for current holders of a wildlife farming licence for crocodiles.

Why is a Wildlife Trade Management Plan needed?

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 that is incompatible with their survival.

The Australian Government regulates the international movement of wildlife and wildlife products through the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). To export ‘Appendix II specimens’, an export permit is required and skins must be tagged in accordance with a tagging system that complies with the provisions of CITES Resolution Conference 11.12. To obtain an export permit for crocodile products for commercial purposes, the production of those specimens must be done in accordance with EPBC Act requirements, for example, in accordance with an approved WTMP.

About the existing Wildlife Trade Management Plan

The existing WTMP (which does not include egg harvesting) is proposed to be replaced by the new WTMP. 

See the existing Wildlife Trade Management Plan – Queensland Crocodile Farming 1 January 2018–31 December 2022.

Last updated
21 September 2018