Managing aquarium species correctly
Aquarium fish make great pets but if aquarium plants or animals are released into waterways there is the potential for them to become serious pests. They may also spread disease.
If you are involved in the aquarium industry as a trader, breeder, retail outlet or hobbyist, you can play an important role in preventing the introduction and spread of marine pests in Victorian waters.
Import permitted species only.
Dispose of unwanted species correctly. Always return unwanted aquarium species to your local aquarium dealer for correct disposal. Do not release them into local waterways or use them as live bait.
This includes live rock (live coral, live sand and coral rubble). Live rock is colonised and burrowed into by various organisms, including bacteria, algae, sponges, worms, crabs, clams, snails, starfish and others. Any of these could establish viable pest populations in a new environment.
Similarly, gravel and even the aquarium water should not be released into waterways as they may contain fish and snail eggs, larvae, plant fragments or diseases.
If released, aquarium plants and fish can survive in the wild and establish viable populations, they may be very difficult or even impossible to eradicate.
If you are planning to import marine aquarium species into Australia, check that it is included on the Live import list. Only species included on the list will be allowed through quarantine. You will also need an Import permit issued by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.
It is also an offence to import declared noxious aquatic species into Victoria from other parts of Australia without permission.