Acanthastrea lordhowensis (-)

Criteria met:  Overall increase

Principal trade term to the EU:  live

Principal source:  wild

Top EU importer:  United Kingdom

Top Trading Partner:  Australia

CITES Appendix:  II

IUCN Status:  Near Threatened

EU-reported imports of live, wild-sourced coral of Acanthastrea lordhowensis, all purposes, 2007-2011 (no imports were reported 2002-2006).

All EU imports in 2011 were live, wild-sourced corals imported for commercial purposes and originating in Australia (2397 corals). Although A. lordhowensis met the ‘overall increase’ criterion (based on the ten-year period 2002-2011), imports remained relatively constant between 2010 and 2011. Adequate management of coral resources generally appears to be in place in Australia (see for instance SRG 64/11). As per CITES Notification No. 2012/047, Acanthastrea is one of the coral taxa where reporting trade at the genus level is acceptable; several other species of Acanthastrea also occur in Australia.