Abalone (Haliotis sp.) – Importation of abalone (dead or alive), including abalone products, is PROHIBITED. Abalone from any state or territory may only be permitted entry to Tasmania if a Special Authority has been obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer prior to the importation taking place and the import conditions of that Special Authority have been strictly complied with.
Dead Aquatic Invertebrates (fresh or frozen) – Other than abalone
(Haliotis sp.), mussels
(Mytilus sp.), clams
(Donsinia sp.) and oysters
(Ostrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.), dead aquatic invertebrates may be imported into Tasmania in accordance with the General Authority for
Animals with Unrestricted Entry Requirements. In particular Notes 1, 2 and 3 of the General Authority are applicable to all dead aquatic invertebrates.
Mussels (Mytilus sp.),
Clams (Donsinia sp.) and Oysters (Ostrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.) – Prior to importation a completed Application for Special Authority must be lodged to obtain a Special Authority to import mussels, clams or oysters originating from NSW or regions known to be infected by oyster herpes virus. Oysters, mussels and clams originating from other states must be accompanied by a completed Declaration by Consignor (Dead Aquatic Mollusc Declaration of Origin).
Non-viable Finfish (fish meat) – Non-viable fin-fish and product derived from finfish (ie fish meat, fish fillets, etc) have been declared to be
restricted materials, therefore requirements have been placed on their importation. The import requirements for non-viable finfish and finfish products are set out as per section
18(1) - General Authority in respect of the importation of non-viable fish and of restricted fish material under the
Animal Health Act 1995.
Special Authority is required to legally import into Tasmania non-viable fin-fish and product derived from species listed in Schedule 1 of the
General Authority that have not been 'heat treated - means the application of heat to maintain a core temperature of at least 71oC for at least 30 minutes'.
To apply for a Special Authority, please use the form:
Application for special authority to import animals, animal material, or restricted animal material (PDF 211Kb)
A completed application for a Special Authority should be emailed to the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch at AnimalDisease.Enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au. Applications may take up to 10 working days for assessment. Please note that application is no guarantee that a permit will be provided, each application is assessed on an individual basis.
Rock Lobster/Crayfish (dead) – These may be imported into Tasmania in accordance with the General Authority for
Animals with Unrestricted Entry Requirements. In particular Notes 1, 2 and 3 of the General Authority are applicable to all Dead Aquatic Invertebrates.
All rock lobster of the genus Jasus and Sagmariasus, need to conform to the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995. This includes possession limits, size limits, females with eggs (in berry) tagging and marking, and docketing arrangements. This includes rock lobster of the genus Jasus and
Sagmariasus that has been legally caught or purchased through a retail or wholesale establishment in another State and/or has been imported from another country. Please contact the Licensing Administration Branch on (03) 6165 3035 for further advice. Note, the Western Australian lobster is from the genus Panulirus and therefore the Tasmanian rock lobster fishery rules do not apply.
NOTE: packaged seafood permitted entry into Tasmania must be labelled with the common and scientific names of the species, and upon arrival must be presented to a Biosecurity inspector for examination.
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