Australian Fish Names—changes to EXDOC for sea cucumbers (2017-13)

​Date of issue: 24 November 2017

Date of effect: 1 December 2017

Seafood Export Consultative Committee
Registered export manufacturing establishments
Registered licensed exporters and EDI users
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources—Central and regional offices


To notify manufacturers and exporters of changes to Australian Fish Names and/or scientific names for some species of sea cucumbers in the export documentation system (EXDOC).

Summary of key points

  • Effective 1 December 2017, there will be changes to how the Australian Fish Name and/or scientific names appear on export certification for some species of sea cucumbers.
  • It is a requirement of the Export Control (Fish and Fish Products) Orders 2005 that fish for export are described by the scientific name of the fish and/or the Australian Fish Name of the fish as it appears in the Australian Fish Names Standard (AFNS).

This includes:

  • the description of the fish that is part of the trade description applied to fish for export
  • the description (including the scientific name) that appears on export documentation and health certificates issued by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

New and amended names for some species of sea cucumbers

Detailed in Tables 1 and 2 are the most recent changes made to EXDOC and the action (if any) to be taken by exporters and processing establishments preparing or exporting the products specified.

Table 1: New name
New EXDOC Product Type Code New product description and scientific name Action required by occupier of registered establishment preparing this product for export
BBC Deepwater Blackfish (Sea Cucumber)
Actinopyga palauensis  
Application to be made to add codes to the establishment. a
Cut-codes available for:
  • Frozen Deepwater Blackfish—gutted
  • Dried Deepwater Blackfish

a Note: Additional information may be required to support the application if the product is prepared using a process that the establishment has not previously received approval for from the department.

No action is required to be taken by establishments or exporters using the current EXDOC Product Type Codes and associated cut-codes. As of 1 December 2017, amended product descriptions will print on export documentation.

Table 2: Amended names
Current EXDOC Product Type Code Current product description and
scientific name
Amended product description and/or scientific name
BBS Brown Sandfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia marmorata (or V. vitiensis)  
Brown Sandfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia vitiensis
BCH Chalkfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia similis
Chalkfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia marmorata
BDG Golden Sandfish (Sea Cucumber)
Holothuria scabra var. versicolour
Golden Sandfish (Sea Cucumber)
Holothuria lessoni
BLF Leopardfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia graeffei
Blackspotted Sea Cucumber
Pearsonothuria graeffei
BTF Tigerfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia argus
Leopardfish (Sea Cucumber)
Bohadschia argus

A list of EXDOC codes and scientific names as they appear on health certificates is available at: Product Codes.

Detained consignments due to a change to fish name

If a consignment is detained due to a change to fish name, contact the Dairy, Eggs and Fish Export Program at: Dairy Eggs Fish as it may be possible to provide a letter of facilitation to the importing country.


Changes to Australian Fish Names

Periodically, changes are made to the AFNS by the Fish Names Committee.

Changes can include:

  • the addition of names
  • amendment of existing names
  • changes to scientific names.

To ensure continued legislative compliance with the AFNS, we may be required to make corresponding changes to our systems for issuing export certification - the Establishment Register (ER) and EXDOC.

Last reviewed: 16 April 2021
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