Over 100 water hyacinth plants seized
26 June 2018
Biosecurity Officers from Agriculture Victoria recently seized 144 water hyacinth plants from a property in Williams Landing, following the suspected illegal sale of the noxious weed.
The plants had allegedly been intended for sale on social media and the case is being investigated further.
Water hyacinth is a declared State Prohibited Weed under the Catchment and Land Protection Act (1994) and it is illegal to buy, sell, display, propagate or transport it in the state of Victoria without a permit.
Leading Biosecurity Officer Annie Lamb said this case is not an isolated one, with another 67 plants recently being seized from properties in three other areas in Victoria, which were also believed to be intended for online sale.
"Anyone who sells plants has the responsibility to know what species they are selling, and likewise members of the community are being urged to be aware of species they purchase.
Ms Lamb said penalties apply to anyone propagating or trading in any State Prohibited weeds.
"Due to the attractive flower of water hyacinth these plants are sought after as ornamental plants and often the owner is unaware of the potential impacts these plants can have on our waterways," she said.
Water hyacinth is extremely invasive and grows rapidly to form dense impenetrable mats across waterways. The plant can be identified by its distinctive mauve flower and bulbous spongy stems.
She said anyone who may have seen water hyacinth or has it in their possession is urged to contact Agriculture Victoria and not attempt to dispose of the plants themselves. Field staff can remove the plants at no cost to the landowner.
For more information about water hyacinth and invasive plant management visit agriculture.vic.gov.au or call the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.
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