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Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013



Management program for the saltwater crocodile in the Northern Territory of Australia 2009-2013


Fukuda, Yusuke; Delaney, Robyn; Leach, Gregory J

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Northern Territory. Department of Natural Resources, Environment, The Arts and Sport


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The draft program is open for public comment to Friday 29 May 2009. Includes Summary document.


Date:2009-04; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).




Crocodylus porosus -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Conservation -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Control -- Northern Territory; Crocodiles -- Government Policy -- Northern Territory

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Northern Territory Government

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60 pages : illustration, maps ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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http://hdl.handle.net/10070/214159[Final Edition]

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Draft Management Program for the Saltwater Crocodile in the Northern Territory 20 Export and import permits A permit is required to export wild caught, commercially farmed and captive-bred C. porosus or its parts from the Northern Territory to other Australian States and Territories. Permits for the export of live animals or parts derived from wild caught animals are obtained from NRETAS. Permits for export of parts derived from ranched or captive-bred animals are obtained from RDPIFR. The overseas export of shipments of live crocodiles and commercial shipments of crocodilian products or their parts from Australia requires an additional CITES permit from the Australian Government. For further information on the issue of export and import permits contact the Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA). Crocodilian products (except skins) can leave Australia within a passengers personal luggage without a permit if no more than four items are carried per person. These items must have a product label attached stating that the crocodilian product is derived from an approved wildlife trade management program. An import permit issued by the Australian Government is required for the commercial shipment of crocodilian products or their parts entering the Northern Territory from overseas. A Northern Territory import permit is required for all shipments of crocodiles or their parts entering the Northern Territory from within Australia or overseas. Import permits for live animals are issued by NRETAS and are valid for one month. Import permits for crocodile products are issued by RDPIFR. Permits and returns All farms require a permit to trade in crocodile products under the TPWC Act. Data from the monthly returns of crocodile farms is collated and validated by RDPIFR, published in annual reports by NRETAS and submitted to the Australian Government in compliance with CITES requirements. Submitting production data to RDPIFR is a requirement of the permit to Keep and Trade. Data from monthly returns is validated by RDPIFR conducting annual hatchling audits on all farms. Shipment Inspections An AQIS health declaration and certification of any skins and hides is required for international shipment and is supplied by RDPIFR. All international shipments of crocodile products are inspected by a RDPIFR officer. Shipments are inspected to ensure that they comply with the conditions and details on the export permit. Once a shipment is inspected and sealed by a RDPIFR officer it can be exported. Skins Each skin (including hornbacks) entering trade will be marked with a non-reusable orange plastic tag that complies with the provisions of CITES Resolution Conf. 11.12. Each skin tag is uniquely numbered and the number serves as an identification number for all subsequent record keeping related to the skin of that particular animal. RDPIFR is responsible for issuing skin tags on a cost-recovery basis. CITES tags are issued annually. Flesh Flesh is packed in cartons that are marked to show that the enclosed product is a farmed product. Producers can use either pre-marked cartons or can seal standard cartons using specially marked green tape. Tape is not required for domestic shipments of flesh.

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