Live marine fin fish may only be imported in accordance with the conditions established under the:
General Authority - Import of Live Marine Fin Fish (83Kb)
In addition to the requirements above, live marine fin fish must also be accompanied on arrival into Tasmania by a completed:
Import requirements for other fish species:
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.
Australian Land Hermit Crab (Coenobita variabilis)
– are listed in the General Authority for importation of animals that have unrestricted entry.
Brine Shrimp (Artemia sp.) – These are listed in the General Authority for importation of animals that have unrestricted entry.
Live Corals and Other Anthozoans – may be imported provided:
- Waste water must go into a municipal sewerage system in which the treatment works has a Level 2 classification under the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994.
- Any specimens that cannot be sold must be sent to a controlled municipal refuse disposal area.
Live Mudcrabs (Scylla serrata) – may only be imported in accordance with the conditions described within the General Authority for the Importation of Live Mud Crabs (Scylla serrata) dated 16 Aug 2000, and subsequently amended 31 Oct 2002:
- The crabs are:
(a) Consigned to a restaurant and used only for the preparation of meals in the restaurant; or
(b) Consigned to a seafood wholesaler for sales to restaurants only; and
not packed in water or ice for transport.
(NOTE: cooked or frozen (dead) mudcrabs may be imported into Tasmania without restriction, but upon arrival must be presented to a Biosecurity inspector for examination.)
Live Molluscs and other marine invertebrates (other than those species listed under the General Authority for Live Mudcrabs and Tropical Marine Invertebrates) – Importation is
NOT ALLOWED without a valid
Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer.
Live Rock and Live Sand – These are prohibited and may not be imported into Tasmania unless in accordance with a valid
Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer. Application can be made to the Animal Biosecurity & Welfare Branch at email AnimalDisease.Enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au
Live Rock Lobster/Crayfish (marine) – Entry NOT ALLOWED unless in accordance with a Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer. (May be imported dead fresh/frozen.)
Noxious Fish Species
The following species of fish are listed as noxious fish in State waters within the
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995 and (Fisheries (General and Fees) Regulations 2016:
- Northern Pacific seastar (Asterias amurensis);
- European carp (Cyprinus carpio);
- Black striped mussel (Mytilopsis sallei);
- European shore crab (Carcinus maenas) (also known as green crab);
Undaria pinnatifida, other than in the restricted zone1;
- Giant fan worm (Sabella spallanzanii);
- Green algae (Caulerpa taxifolia)1.
The species listed above are prohibited and
may not be imported into Tasmania.
1 Under the
Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995, the definition of
fish extends to marine invertebrates and plants.
Tropical Marine Invertebrates
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