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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 4 held in captivity under permit are classified as stock animals under the Animal Welfare Act and persons must not neglect or commit an act of cruelty that causes an animal unnecessary suffering. Animal welfare standards for crocodiles are detailed in the draft Code of Practice on the Humane Treatment of Captive and Wild Australian Crocodiles (http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-use/publications/crocodile/). Initially this is the 2005 Draft Code. Once the Draft Code of Practice is finalised and endorsed by the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC), it is the endorsed Code of Practice. In this document the term Code of Practice refers to the Draft Code until it is finalised and then it refers to the Code endorsed by the NRMMC. All crocodiles must be taken in accordance with this draft Code or any subsequent relevant nationally-endorsed codes that may replace that document. The Saltwater Crocodile was declared as a game animal on 10 June 2004 (G24) under the Meat Industries Act. This includes wild harvested crocodiles and therefore allows the processing of these crocodiles for human consumption. The Northern Territory Government endorsed A Strategy for Conservation through the Sustainable Use of Wildlife in the Northern Territory of Australia which provides the policy framework for the use of wildlife such as Saltwater Crocodiles. Wetlands are a key habitat for Saltwater Crocodiles and the principles and objectives outlined in A Strategy for Conservation of the Biological Diversity of Wetlands in the Northern Territory of Australia provide actions directly contributing to the conservation of Saltwater Crocodile habitat. 1.5.2 Australian Government and International The Saltwater Crocodile is a listed marine species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act. This means that the species is protected and limits the circumstances under which they may be taken. All Crocodilians are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to which Australia is signatory. Those species most threatened by trade are listed on Appendix I and all remaining species (including alligators, caimans and crocodiles) are listed on Appendix II. In recognition of the global status of C. porosus it is listed on Appendix I, however the Australian, Indonesian and Papua New Guinean populations are included in Appendix II which allows activities such as ranching under permit. The Appendix II listing places controls on international trade in crocodiles and crocodile products through export permits. A CITES export permit is required for all commercial exports and can only be issued if it has been determined that the export will not be detrimental to the survival of the species and that the specimen was legally obtained. Part 13A of the EPBC Act regulates imports and exports of crocodiles and crocodile products. It also fulfils Australias legislative requirements as a signatory party to CITES. Section 303CH lists specific conditions that must be met for the export or import of CITES specimens. For CITES Appendix II exports the specimen must be sourced from an appropriate captive breeding or artificial propagation program, an approved wildlife trade operation, or an approved wildlife trade management plan. Whether CITES listed or not, export from Australia of any Australian native animal or its parts, requires a permit issued under the EPBC Act. This Management Program enables the requirements of the EPBC Act to be met for both international and national activities with Saltwater Crocodiles. This management plan therefore complies with an approved wildlife