A–Z of marine pests
Marine pests and noxious species can include fish, and other aquatic plants and animals. Victoria has listed several species and genera as noxious under Section 75 of the Fisheries Act 1995.
By declaring a species as noxious, the Victorian Government applies regulations to control the use and potential spread of such animals.
Once declared as noxious, people must not bring these species into the state, or take, hatch, keep, possess, sell, transport, put into any container or release them into any protected waters (unless otherwise authorised by permit).
The Fisheries Act requires people to report the possession, existence and location of any noxious aquatic species and provides powers to allow authorised officers to seize, remove and prevent the spread of noxious aquatic species.
Further information on noxious aquatic species permits can be obtained from the Victorian Fisheries Authority
If you suspect you have seen a marine pest not currently known to the location, please report your sighting.
Priority marine pests
Download factsheets of marine pests that are a priority in Victoria.
- American slipper limpet (PDF File)
- Aquarium Caulerpa (PDF File)
- Asian bag mussel (PDF File)
- Asian basket clam (PDF File)
- Asian green mussel (PDF File)
- Asian paddle crab (PDF File)
- Asian shore crab (PDF File)
- Black striped false mussel (PDF File)
- Brown mussel (PDF File)
- Chinese mitten crab (PDF File)
- European fan worm (PDF File)
- European green shore crab (PDF File)
- European or basket clam (PDF File)
- Harris' mud crab (PDF File)
- Japanese seaweed (PDF File)
- Japanese softshell clam (PDF File)
- New Zealand green mussel (PDF File)
- New Zealand screwshell (PDF File)
- Northern Pacific seastar (PDF File)
- Rapa or veined whelk (PDF File)