Criteria met: Sharp increase
Principal trade term to the EU: live
Percentage of global trade to the EU: 40%
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: France
Top Trading Partner: Australia
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
In 2010, EU imports comprised 6,141 live, wild-sourced corals imported for commercial purposes; the vast majority were imported directly from Australia, with four corals imported directly from the Solomon Islands. Although imports of C. lacrymalis met the ‘sharp increase’ criterion, live, wild-sourced imports decreased by 5% between 2009 and 2010.
The SRG formed a positive opinion for wild specimens originating in Australia on 30/11/2009.