Live marine fin fish may only be imported in accordance with the conditions established under the General Authority for the Importation of Live Marine Fin Fish:
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 Declaration by Consignor form:
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 be imported provided the crabs are:
- Consigned to a restaurant and used only for the preparation of meals in the restaurant to which they are consigned; or
- Consigned to a seafood wholesaler for sales to restaurants only; and
- They are not packed in water or ice for transport.
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. Applications can be made to the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch at: AnimalDisease.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au
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.
Rock Lobster/Crayfish (live) – Entry NOT ALLOWED unless in accordance with a Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer.
Tropical Marine Invertebrates
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