Dead Fish Imports


On 17 May 2023, all requirements and conditions for importing animals and animal products into Tasmania were fully enacted under the Tasmanian Biosecurity Act 2019, (replacing the now repealed Animal Health Act 1995).

These import requirements and conditions can now be found within one easy to access document, the Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual (TABM):

 Tasmanian Animal Biosecurity Manual (PDF 1Mb)​​​​​​

Please make a note of the address for this new Manual, as the webpage you are currently viewing is scheduled to be archived.

Please contact Biosecurity Tasmania for further information on tel. 03 6165 3777, or email ​

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​​​​​​​​​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 an Individual Permit has been obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer prior to the importation taking place and the import conditions of that Permit 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.) andOysters (Ostrea sp., Crassostrea sp., or Saccostrea sp.) – Prior to importation a completed Application for Individual Permit must be lodged to obtain an Individual Permit 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) are declared as restricted mat​​​​erials, therefore requirements have been placed on their importation. The import requirements for non-viable finfish and finfish products are set out as per the Biosecurity Act 2019 (previously the now repealed Animal Hea​lth ​Act 1995​) General Authority for the importatio​n of non-viable fish and restricted fish material 2023.

‘Heat-treated’ means:

  • for material originating from fish of the Salmonidae family, including: Oncorhynchus mykiss (Rainbow trout), Salmo salar (Atlantic salmon), and Salmo trutta (Brown trout), moist heated to a core temperature of at least 85°C for at least 25 minutes, or to an equivalent core temperature and specified time agreed by the Chief Veterinary Officer of Tasmania; and
  • for non-salmonid material (all other species listed in Schedule 1 of this General Authority) the application of heat to maintain a core temperature of at least 71oC for at least 30 minutes.

Supporting documentation is required for imports of non-viable finfish – as outlined in the General Authority. Fees will apply for inspection of documentation and imports.

An Individual Permit 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 and certified.

To apply for an Individual Permit, please use the form:

 Application for Individual Permit (PDF 232Kb)

A completed Application form should be emailed to 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.

For further information:


Animal Disease Enquiries
13 St Johns Avenue
New Town TAS 7008
Phone: 03 6165 3777