Cynarina lacrymalis (Cat's-eye Coral)

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

EU-reported imports of wild-sourced, live coral of Cynarina lacrymalis, all purposes, 2001-2010.

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.