Statement From QLD Government Department On Harvesting Croc Eggs

It is now possible to obtain a licence to harvest estuarine crocodile eggs in Queensland.

One crocodile egg harvesting licence has been approved, which is for Pormpuraaw Aboriginal Council.

Applications must meet strict conditions and won’t be granted unless we are satisfied that harvesting is not likely to adversely impact the local crocodile population.

Other restrictions include:

  • a licence application must be supported by a harvesting proposal and a report of research, conducted by an appropriately qualified person, about the state of the local crocodile population
  • any eggs harvested must only be harvested and transported in accordance with the Australian Government Code of Practice on the Humane Treatment of Wild and Farmed Australian Crocodiles
  • comprehensive monitoring will occur in all areas where egg harvesting occurs.

Conservation of crocodile populations is a complex challenge. In areas where harvesting is authorised, the potential commercial gains for egg harvesters are anticipated to provide significant incentive for improved land stewardship. Managing land in such a way as to conserve crocodiles, and encourage crocodile nesting, is anticipated to have broader benefits for land management and conservation, for example through improved control of feral animals.

Being able to harvest crocodile eggs in Queensland is also anticipated to have positive social impacts for some regional communities. Crocodile egg harvesting is a potential employment opportunity which may be significant for small or isolated regional communities where jobs can often be scarce. With many Indigenous communities in these areas, egg harvesting can also offer people ways to work on country and play a greater role in land management and care.