[Coral-List] reply to "selling coral" post

Charles Delbeek delbeek at waquarium.org
Thu Feb 14 15:37:43 EST 2008

Sarah.Friastorres at noaa.gov wrote:
> Dear coral-listers,
> in the web site provided by Ed Blume on "selling coral" 
> http://www.steventhornedesign.com/store/front
> 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 
> case here). 
> So, what do you suggest should be the next step now?
> Sarah Frias-Torres, PhD
> CIMAS-RSMAS University of Miami & MRAG Americas

Unless something has changed recently, I believe that all Scleractinia 
are _*NOT*_ CITES Appendice I animals, they are Appendice II. Therefore 
trade is legal.


You appear to have misinterpreted the table in the link above.


J. Charles Delbeek M.Sc.
Aquarium Biologist III
Waikiki Aquarium
University of Hawaii
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