Big Changes Coming to Australian Coral Exports

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Australia has become one of the world’s biggest suppliers of live corals and this aquarium source became crucial to filling the gap when exports of all Indonesian corals were suspended. The availability of high quality, exotic and endemic corals from Australia has absolutely transformed the reef aquarium hobby both in terms of SPS and LPS…
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From my transhippers the numbers being asked for by the trade organisation is approximately 5% of what they are currently exporting. To lose 95% off the quota with the current state of Indonesia exports would be another major hit to our hobby.
 

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According to the article they are trying to regulate mainly some of the lps. Probably only a few species that aren’t as abundant. Expect to pay allot more for some already expensive lps. But hopefully it doesn’t impact the tons of other coral species coming out of Australia too much. Whoever can start successfully and consistently breeding some of these lps could make allot of money and possibly save allot of wild animals.
 

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It looks like there has been an extension on this through December. Although if this goes through it will be sad to see and is another blow for the hobby but Australia does need to be sure that these corals (such as trachyphyllia and scolymia) can be collected at a sustainable level. There have been massive bleaching events and the reefs are in trouble overall. The government needs to look at coral reef health from all the causes of degradation and attack this from all angles. Hopefully this is a favorable outcome for the hobby however, if this can be a truly independent scientific conclusion I am ok with whatever outcome it is to ensure long term survivability of all coral species on the reef. putting more pressure on cracking the coral reproduction code is always not a bad thing for us as well.
 

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