ndf-freshwater-sawfish.doc - Non detriment finding for the Freshwater Sawfish Pristis microdon Department of Sustainability Environment Water Population

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Non detriment finding for the Freshwater Sawfish, Pristis microdon Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC) July 2011 1.
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Table of Contents 1 Executive Summary ......................................................................................................... 3 2 Introduction ................................................................................................................... 3 2.1 Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) ...................................................................................................................... 4 2.2 Commonwealth legislation ....................................................................................... 4 2.3 Current state and territory legislative requirements and management arrangements ……………………………………………………………………...5 2.4 Purpose of the review ............................................................................................... 5 3 Review ............................................................................................................................. 6 3.1 Summary of harvest regime for freshwater sawfish ................................................. 6 3.2 Analysis of factors affecting the management regime of freshwater sawfish .......... 8 3.3 Summary of Freshwater Sawfish Workshop Findings and recent research from Murdoch University ................................................................................................. 15 4 Conclusion ..................................................................................................................... 17
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1 Executive Summary The original non-detriment finding for freshwater sawfish ( Pristis microdon ) was developed in 2007. This revised non-detriment finding has been developed by the Department of the Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (DSEWPaC), and was developed considering a workshop initiated by the Australian Government to undertake a review of current research on freshwater sawfish in Australia, independent advice regarding the removal of freshwater sawfish from localised river systems in northern Australia, and new scientific research and information about this species. Pristis microdon is one of four species of sawfish found in Northern Australia. Sawfish are a unique group of elasmobranchs which are characterised by their large size and elongated saw-like rostrum. P. microdon is listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), effective July 2000, and critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List. P. microdon is listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which Australia is a signatory. International trade in P. microdon is possible only “for the exclusive purpose of allowing international trade in live animals to appropriate and acceptable aquaria for primarily conservation purposes”. CITES also requires that the State of export must determine that the export will not be detrimental to the survival of the species (known as a ‘non-detriment finding’) prior to approving export. CITES obligations are given effect domestically by the EPBC Act, which requires that, inter alia , an export permit for a CITES listed species must not be issued by the Minister unless satisfied that the export will not be detrimental to, or contribute to trade which is detrimental to, the survival or recovery of the species, or a relevant ecosystem. This non-detriment finding has been developed to inform the Minister’s consideration of this matter for individual decisions about whether to grant an export permit for P. microdon .
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