Macquarie Island Specimens
Specimens including animals or parts of animals may be imported into mainland Tasmania from Macquarie Island without further restriction if they are:
(a) Preserved in any of the following fixative solutions*:
(i) Methanol, ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol at a concentration of at least 70%,
Glutaraldehyde at a minimum concentration of 2.5%,
Formaldehyde at a concentration of at least 5%,
Osmium tetroxide at a minimum concentration of 1% (electron microscopy only),
(vi) Steedman's Solution (plankton only),
(vii) Davidson's Fixative;
(b) Consigned to a place for the performance of biosecurity approved by an Australian Government Agency under the
Biosecurity Act 2015;
To be held in a secure premises approved by Biosecurity Tasmania while awaiting shipment out of Tasmania;
(d) Dead invertebrates.
Upon arrival in Tasmania each consignment must have on the outside of the packaging:
a clear description of the contents
(common and scientific names), and
contact details of the importer, and
- a copy of any documentation relevant to the approval of the collection and/or importation if applicable, and
no soil or plant material is to be within the consignment without approval.
- Upon request consignments must be presented to a Biosecurity Tasmania Inspector for inspection at an approved place.
*Note: Use of RNALater as a preservative requires assessment on a case by case basis prior to import. Potential importers must lodge a completed Application for Special Authority to email AnimalDisease.Enquiries@nre.tas.gov.au for consideration by the Chief Veterinary Officer. Any approval to import will be under conditions specified within a Special Authority.
For information on importing animals or parts of animals as preserved specimens into Tasmania from other Australian States or Territories, please refer to the webpage Preserved Specimens.
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