[Coral-List] reply to "selling coral" post
Svein A. Fosså
sfossa at online.no
Thu Feb 14 10:42:50 EST 2008
without taking any stand on the question of the legality of the trade from
this one particular vendor (who I don't know anything about), I have to
correct Dr. Frias-Torres' claim that Scleractinians are CITES appendix I.
All scleractinians are CITES appendix II, and thus legal to trade in,
provided the necessary export permits or re-export certificates are in
Fossil corals, however, are exempt from CITES.
Svein A. Fosså
NO-4878 Grimstad, Norway
Tel: +47 37 09 18 88
Fax: +47 37 04 30 29
E-mail: sfossa at online.no
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Sarah.Friastorres at noaa.gov
Sent: 13. februar 2008 21:53
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Subject: [Coral-List] reply to "selling coral" post
in the web site provided by Ed Blume on "selling coral"
Steven Thorne claims to be the "only licensed UK and European
distributor of coral from the Great Australian Barrier Reef". The site
clearly has a commercial purpose (=wants to sell the corals).
Let's review CITES, the Convention of International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna. I think it's appropriate
since Australia and all the countries in the European Union (including
UK) are members of and have ratified CITES.
All stony corals (Scleractinia) are listed under Appendix I CITES,
with the exception of coral fossils listed under app. II. For the look
of the photographs at the site, it seems they are live (non-fossil
corals) that have been killed and cleaned.
Appendix I CITES PROHIBITS INTERNATIONAL TRADE in specimens of the
species listed because they are in danger of extinction. The only
exception are imports of such species for non commercial purposes
(i.e. scientific research). Further exceptions apply (Under Article
VII) if the corals have been propagated in captivity (which is not the
So, what do you suggest should be the next step now?
Sarah Frias-Torres, PhD
CIMAS-RSMAS University of Miami & MRAG Americas
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