Criteria met: Sharp increase
Principal trade term to the EU: live
Percentage of global trade to the EU: 70%
Principal source: wild
Top EU importer: France
Top Trading Partner: Australia
CITES Appendix: II
IUCN Status: Near Threatened
EU imports in 2010 comprised wild-sourced coral exported directly from Australia for commercial purposes, including 8,583 live corals and 54 raw corals. No imports of D. axifuga were reported by the EU prior to 2006; since then, imports of live, wild-sourced corals have increased every year, with a 49% increase between 2009 and 2010.
The SRG confirmed a positive opinion for wild specimens from Australia on 02/12/2011.