Species removed from threatened list
12 Mar 2018
Over the past month there have been some changes to listings of flora and fauna at both a State and Federal level.
At a Federal level, the Minister for Resources, Energy and Northern Australia, Josh Frydenberg has approved the inclusion of 19 species, transfer of 8 species, removal of 2 species and retention of 3 species, in their current category in the EPBC Act list of threatened species. There were also 3 species ineligible for listing. The amendments were effective under the EPBC Act on 15 February 2018, (except for the Scalloped Hammerhead (Sphyrna lewini) which will be effective on 15 March 2018).
The important changes for our clients are: Land Development clients; Baudin's cockatoo - pictured above (Calyptorhynchus baudinii) has been transferred from Vulnerable to Endangered. For our Northern Resources Clients; the Princess Parrot (Polytelis alexandrae) retained as Vulnerable and the Hamersley Lepidium (Lepidium catapycnon) has been removed from the Vulnerable category to not listed.
Please click here to see the full list.
At the State level, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has approved the removal of six native species from the threatened list, including the Northwestern Coastal Ctenotus (Ctenotus angusticeps) thought to only exist on Airlie Island off the Pilbara coast, but was later discovered on the mainland at Roebuck Bay. It is now known to inhabit several sites along the coast between Onslow and Broome, with genetic work confirming that the mainland lizards are the same species.
Five flora species were removed from the threatened flora list, including Esperance Dog Weed (Opercularia acolytantha), which was thought to be extinct until work by DBCA discovered that several specimens of the species had been incorrectly identified and it is now known to exist in a number of locations. Further studies into the flora and fauna of WA have resulted in two species of fauna and nine species of flora being added to the threatened species list.
Minister Dawson commented "This annual review of Western Australia's threatened species list is crucial in our understanding of the plants and animals that need our attention. Adding species to the threatened species lists ensures they are provided with added legal protection and inclusion in flora and fauna recovery programs.”
The full media statement can be found here.