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Australia Delays New Fish Importation Ruling

16 February 2015

AUSTRALIA - The Department of Agriculture has decided to delay the implementation of the new fish importation and quarantine requirements for gouramis, cichlids and poeciliids for 12 months.

The new requirements will now come into effect on 1 March 2016.

Led by the Director for Pet Services, Dr Robert Jones (The Aquarium Vet), PIAA has been in continuous negotiation with the Department of Agriculture to achieve this delay.

A recent PIAA-led campaign through fish importers, pet and aquarium shops and fish forums has placed a lot of pressure on the Government to make this announcement.

PIAA is delighted with this outcome and it demonstrates the benefit of having an industry organization that can liaise with Government on these difficult issues and look after the interests of its members.

As part of this extension, the PIAA has agreed to undertake the following:

  • Encourage our members and other ornamental fish importers to participate in the nation-wide on-arrival surveillance program trials. Participating importers can assist by providing fish samples and other additional activities for the surveillance program. The department proposes to cover the costs associated with the laboratory testing for Megalocytivirus.
  • Communicate with importers (and exporters) on any updates and notices from the Department of Agriculture in this matter.

This twelve month extension will allow PIAA to explore all further options to ensure that the aquarium industry within Australia remains vibrant and healthy. 

The letter can be viewed here:

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