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Commodity: Marine Fish - Live
Scientific name: Piscine
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Country: All countries
End use: Post-entry quarantine
Date printed: Jan 30 2015
The information here covers Department of Agriculture quarantine requirements only and is current on the date of transmission but may change without notice. Department of Agriculture makes no warranties or representations with respect to the accuracy or completeness of that information and will bear no liability with respect to that information. Importers must satisfy quarantine concerns and comply with quarantine conditions applicable at the time of entry. The Commonwealth through Department of Agriculture is not liable for any costs arising from or associated with decisions of importers to import based on conditions presented here which are not current at the time of importation. It is the importer’s responsibility to verify the accuracy and completeness of the information at the time of importation.

It is the importer’s responsibility to identify and to ensure it has complied with, all requirements of any other regulatory and advisory bodies prior to and after importation including the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, Therapeutic Goods Administration, Department of Health and Ageing, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority and any State agencies such as Departments of Agriculture and Health and Environmental Protection authorities.

Importers should note that this list is not exhaustive. Importers should also note that all foods imported into Australia must comply with the provisions of the Imported Food Control Act 1992 , an Act which is administered by Department of Agriculture.

Notification of the import must be provided to Department of Agriculture for all imported goods other than goods imported as accompanied baggage or goods imported via the mail and not prescribed under the Customs Act 1901. Notification must be consistent with Quarantine Regulations 2000 (examples include a Quarantine Entry or a Quarantine declaration).

Condition  C8429 17 July 1998

Conditions of Administration


1. An Import Permit is required and must be valid at the time the goods are imported into Australia. Import Permit applications must be sent to Animal Import Operations Branch – Department of Agriculture Canberra, for assessment.


Animal Import Operations Branch
Department of Agriculture                     Fax +61 2 6272 3110
GPO Box 858                                     Email
Canberra 2601                                     Phone +61 2 6272 4454


2. Import Permits are granted for a one-year period, starting from the date of issue. Importers may use the permit to import unlimited numbers of fish during this period (subject to meeting the conditions of the Import Permit). It is the importer’s responsibility to ensure that they have a current permit prior to the import of fish.


3. Importers are required to identify that they have access to Quarantine Approved Premises for the post arrival quarantine of fish before a permit application will be approved. Quarantine premises will only be approved, as a place for performance of quarantine of live fish under section 46A of the Quarantine Act 1908, when they meet the department’s standards. An application form for approval of premises for the quarantine of live ornamental finfish may be obtained from the department.


4. The department must be given at least three (3) working days notice of the intended arrival of the fish in Australia. This should be done by emailing/faxing the department’s office located in the Australian state in which the fish will arrive. A consignment notification form is included with an Import Permit






Central East (NSW-Sydney)

02 83347543

02 83347530

South East (VIC-Melbourne)

03 83186988

03 83186793

North East (QLD-Brisbane)

07 3246 8633

07 32468798

Northern (QLD-Cairns)

07 40307852

07 40307843

South West (SA-Adelaide)

08 82016212

08 82016188

South West (WA-Perth)

08 93341522

08 93341684

Your email/ fax must include:

·         Valid Import Permit number

·         Date and estimated arrival time     

·         Flight number and details

·         Exporter name and country

·         List of species imported

·         No of Boxes and tails

·         Invoice/packing list (no later than morning of arrival).





5. A Quarantine Entry must be lodged for each consignment. The department’s inspecting officer must be advised of the entry number prior to inspection.


6. It is the importer’s responsibility to identify and to ensure compliance with all requirements of any other regulatory and advisory bodies prior to and after importation. It is the importer’s responsibility to arrange for any additional testing for genetic and endemic infectious diseases, or for movement of fish into certain animal health zones within Australia.


7. The importer or agent must make an appointment for inspection of the fish and documentation by departmental officers. The importer or agent may be required to be present at this inspection. The consignment will be held by the department until completion of inspection. Fees are payable to the department for all services.


8. Consignments must be addressed and sent to the department at the port of arrival. Each consignment must be accompanied by a valid Import Permit (or copy) or by means to allow the identification of the Import Permit and the animal Health Certificate as required by these conditions.


9. The importer, as listed on the Import Permit, or nominated agent, must be accessible to Department of Agriculture officers and accept responsibility for ensuring that all import conditions are met including the departmental inspection.


10. Consignments that do not meet the department’s import conditions will remain in quarantine control, and be exported or destroyed without recompense. Any fish species not listed on the List of Permitted Live Fish Suitable for Import (Marine or Freshwater) will be exported or destroyed, while prohibited material or material of quarantine concern will be seized and destroyed, all at the importer’s expense.


Condition  C8444 21 August 1991

Format of the health certificate

1. The Health Certificate must accompany each consignment and must:

·         be written in English, and a language understood by the Competent Authority of the                 country of export

·         meet all requirements of the “health certification” section of these conditions


2. The Health Certificate must include:

·         the Department of Agriculture  Import Permit number

·         the exporters name, address, phone number, fax number and e-mail address

·         the shipping invoice number

·         a list of the individual boxes destined for export and the identification numbers and any           other details of each box

·         a list of the scientific name/s and numbers (tails of fish) in each box destined for export.


3. An Official of the Competent Authority of the Government of the exporting country, having an appropriate knowledge of fish health and the export premises, must endorse (sign and stamp using a stamp of the government health or agriculture administration) each page of the:  

·         Health Certificate; and

·         shipping invoice or packing list or species list


The department will only accept copies of documents where each page bears the original signature, date and stamp of the Competent Authority.


4. The health certification must include the following information concerning the endorsing officer

·         name and title

·         location at which the certification was issued

·         name of the government administration

·         date of certification

·         phone number

·         fax number

·         e-mail address


Condition  C8592 1 May 2000

Importation of marine ornamental (aquarium) fish


(22 August 2000)


These conditions apply to species of marine ornamental (aquarium) finfish that have been assessed as suitable for importation. The list of approved species is provided below and is included with the department’s Import Permit.


All fish imported under this permit are to be used for display (aquarium, ornamental) purposes only. Fish imported under this permit must not be used for non-display purposes, including: 

•the feeding of aquarium fish

•the feeding of aquaculture stocks;

•for aquaculture purposes. 


Use of fish imported under this permit for non-display purposes is prohibited under section 33 of Part 5 of the Quarantine Proclamation 1998. In determining the purpose for use of the imported fish, any statement on the permit or to a quarantine officer may be deemed to be the stated use of the goods (section 5 of the Quarantine Proclamation 1998). 


A breach of this condition is a breach of an import permit granted under the Quarantine Proclamation 1998 and may be an offence under section 67(5) of the Quarantine Act 1908.


Live marine fish may only be imported from the following approved countries:





Federated States of Micronesia


French Polynesia


Hong Kong




New Caledonia

New Zealand


Saudi Arabia




Solomon Islands

South Africa

Sri Lanka




United States of America (USA)



Each consignment must only include fish that are sufficiently mature to permit accurate identification. Fish that cannot be identified will be exported or destroyed at the importers expense 

Health certification


1. Only finfish listed in the List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import are included in this consignment, and are documented on the attached invoice.


2. The fish in the consignment have been inspected within seven (7) days prior to export and show no clinical signs of infectious disease or pests.


3. The fish were exported from premises approved to export marine fish to Australia by a Department of Agriculture recognised Competent Authority of the exporting country.


[Standards for the approval of export premises are included in the department’s import permit.]


4. The fish were collected from an area at least 5 kilometres from any finfish aquaculture operation and the fish in the consignment have not come into contact with water, equipment or fish associated with farmed food fish (fish farmed for human consumption including recreational fishing).


5. The fish are not sourced from a population associated with any significant infectious disease or pests and there have not been any outbreaks of infectious fish disease or pests in the areas from which the fish have been collected during the 6 months prior to collection.


6. The fish are wild caught and have not been bred or hatched on a farm or other premises.




Standards for Competent Authority approval of marine ornamental finfish exporters


1. The Competent Authority should ensure that the following criteria are met when approving the exporter and the premises for the export of marine fish to Australia.


2. A Department of Agriculture recognised Competent Authority of the exporting country must have in place a system for the approval of marine ornamental finfish exporters to ensure that such exporters maintain standards required for export of marine ornamental finfish to Australia. The system is subject to audit by the department at any time.


[Animal Quarantine Policy Memorandum 1999/62 — Guidelines for the approval of countries to export animals (including fish) and their products to Australia — provides guidelines for the approval of countries to export animals and their products, including ornamental finfish, to Australia.]


3. The Competent Authority of the exporting country must have the authority to suspend or withdraw export certification or approval of an exporter at any time if the requirements are not being met.


4. Approval of exporters must be undertaken by a responsible official of the Competent Authority of the exporting country whose duties relate to fish health and who has knowledge of the export operations.


5. Before approving premises for export of marine ornamental finfish to Australia, a Competent Authority must have in place a system that ensures:

·         that the fish being exported to Australia are not sourced from an area associated with any significant infectious fish disease or pests, nor from an area within 5 kilometres of foodfish (fish farmed for human consumption including recreational fishing) aquaculture operations

·         that the fish collection and holding (if applicable) operations do not come into contact with water, equipment or fish associated with farmed foodfish (fish farmed for human consumption including recreational fishing)

·         the competence and integrity of the exporter

·         that the exporter is aware of the conditions which apply to the export of fish to Australia, including the species permitted for export to Australia at the time of export, and understands the restrictions which apply to such transactions.

·         The fish are wild caught and have not been bred or hatched on a farm or other premises.


Standards for handling and packaging of live marine and freshwater ornamental fish for export to Australia


1. All fish in the consignment must be packaged in accordance with International Air Transport Association (IATA) Live Animal Regulations.


2. All fish in the consignment must be packaged in leak-proof bags, each bag containing only one species. The bag must be colourless and sufficiently transparent to enable proper inspection and identification of the fish and must not contain any extraneous matter, unapproved plant material, pests or unauthorised species of fish. The use of outer bags of opaque materials or half-black bags to provide a dark shipping environment is acceptable provided the contents of the bag can be properly inspected to the department’s satisfaction.


3. The inclusion of inert material such as zeolite, activated carbon, shredded plastic or dried terrestrial plants is permitted provided the contents of the bag can be properly inspected to the department’s satisfaction and the material is disinfected or destroyed as directed by the department.


4. The bags must be placed within polystyrene boxes or cartons fitted with a plastic lining. Each box or carton must be clearly identified as a part of a consignment and be individually identified.


5. The consignment must be accompanied by documents that include the identification number of each box or carton, and the scientific name and number of the contained fish. It is recommended that the common names of the fish also be included on the papers.


6. The fish in each bag must be stocked at a density that will facilitate inspection and hence must not be overcrowded. When packed for export, fish must be placed in clean water. The use of a pH indicator in the water is permissible, provided it does not interfere with inspection.



Post arrival quarantine requirements for the importation of ornamental (aquarium) fish


1. All shipments of marine ornamental finfish will be inspected by the Department of Agriculture on arrival to ensure that they:

·          are healthy

·          the health certification and invoice is in order

·          are an approved species

·          do not contain prohibited material or material of quarantine concern.

Fish not meeting these criteria and prohibited material will be seized or exported or destroyed at the importers expense.


2. All marine ornamental finfish will be ordered into quarantine by the department at approved ornamental fish quarantine premises (QAP) on arrival, for 7 days.


3. Where fish have been inspected by the department on arrival and found to satisfy all import conditions the entire consignment of fish is to be moved directly to the QAP named on the Import Permit. Any significant event occurring during transport of the fish to the QAP e.g. accidents, loss of fish, loss of water must be reported to the department within 2 hours of the event.


4. At the end of the quarantine period, the fish will be inspected by the department and must be found free from clinical signs of pest and disease before they will be released from quarantine.


5. Quarantine detention will be performed in accordance with Quarantine Approved Premises (QAP) criteria 7.1 under Section 46A of the Quarantine Act 1908.


[Standards for a QAP for the holding of ornamental fish can be obtained from the department’s regional offices.]


6. Based on fish species, country of origin, historical factors or any other relevant information, the department may test samples of imported fish during quarantine to determine their health status. The cost of such testing will be borne by the importer.


7. In the event of any imported fish showing clinical signs or producing a positive result to any tests indicating the presence of an infectious disease agent or pest, the department may cause any or all of the fish in the premises to be either detained in quarantine for further observation, testing and treatment, or be destroyed. Costs of any such action will be borne by the importer. If any fish are destroyed during any period of quarantine, compensation will not be paid by the Government.


8. Parties seeking to use alternative risk reduction measures to those listed in these conditions - for example, an extended period of quarantine detention or a specified testing regimen must obtain prior approval of alternative measures from the department. A submission including supporting scientific data that clearly explain the degree to which alternative measures would reduce risk, should be provided to the department for consideration.


9. At any time at the department’s discretion a permit/approval may be revoked or modified if these conditions are not met or if there is a change in quarantine risk.


Note: A copy of the Import Risk Analysis (IRA) on which these import conditions are based is available from the Biosecurity Australia section of the department’s website at Finalised Import Risk Analysis: Ornamental Finfish


List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import

All species of the following familes


Common Name



Surgeonfish, Tang, Unicorn fish

Acanthurus  spp.



Ctenochaetus  spp.



Naso  spp.



Paracanthurus  spp.



Prionurus  spp.



Zebrasoma  spp.





Flashlight fish, Lanterneye fish

Anomalops  spp.



Kryptophanaron  spp.



Parmops  spp.



Photoblepharon  spp.



Phthanophaneron  spp.



Protoblepharon  spp.





Cardinal fishes

Apogon  spp.



Apogonichthyoides  spp.



Apogonichtys  spp.



Archamia  spp.



Astrapogon  spp.



Cercamia  spp.



Cheilodipterus  spp.



Coranthus  spp.



Foa  spp.



Fowleria  spp.



Glossamia  spp.



Gymnapogon  spp.



Holapogon  spp.



Jaydia  spp.



Lachneratus  spp.



Neamia  spp.



Nectamia  spp.



Ostorhinchus  spp.



Paxton  spp.



Phaeoptyx  spp.



Pseudamia  spp.



Pseudamiops  spp.



Pterapogon  spp.



Rhabdamia  spp.



Siphamia  spp.



Sphaeramia  spp.



Vincentia  spp.



Zoramia  spp.






Abalistes  spp.



Balistapus  spp.



Balistes  spp.



Balistoides  spp.



Canthidermis  spp.



Melichthys  spp.



Odonus  spp.



Pseudobalistes  spp.



Rhinecanthus  spp.



Sufflamen  spp.



Xanthichthys  spp.



Xenobalistes  spp.





Viviparous brotulas

Acarobythites  spp.


Alionematichthys  spp.



Anacanthobythites  spp.



Beaglichthys  spp.



Bellottia  spp.



Bidenichthys  spp.



Brosmodorsalis  spp.



Brosmolus  spp.



Brosmophyciops  spp.



Brosmophycis  spp.



Brotulinella  spp.



Bythites  spp.



Calamopteryx  spp.



Cataetyx  spp.



Dactylosurculus  spp.



Dermatopsis  spp.



Dermatopsoides  spp.



Diancistrus  spp.



Didymothallus  spp.



Dinematichthys  spp.



Diplacanthopoma  spp.



Dipulus  spp.



Eusurculus  spp.



Fiordichthys  spp.



Grammonus  spp.



Gunterichthys  spp.



Hastatobythites  spp.



Hephthocara  spp.



Lapitaichthys  spp.



Lucifuga  spp.



Majungaichthys  spp.



Mascarenichthys  spp.



Melodichthys  spp.



Microbrotula  spp.



Monothrix  spp.



Nielsenichthys  spp.



Ogilbia  spp.



Ogilbichthys  spp.



Paradiancistrus  spp.



Porocephalichthys  spp.



Pseudogilbia  spp.



Pseudonus  spp.



Saccogaster  spp.



Stygnobrotula  spp.



Thalassobathia  spp.



Thermichthys  spp.



Timorichthys  spp.



Tuamotuichthys spp.



Typhliasina  spp.



Ungusurculus  spp.



Zephyrichthys  spp.






Anaora  spp.



Bathycallionymus  spp.



Callionymus  spp.



Calliurichthys  spp.



Dactylopus  spp.



Diplogrammus  spp.



Draculo  spp.



Eleutherochir  spp.



Eocallionymus  spp.



Foetorepus  spp.



Minysynchiropus  spp.



Neosynchiropus  spp.



Paracallionymus  spp.



Protogrammus  spp.



Pseudocalliurichthys  spp.



Repomucenus  spp.



Synchiropus  spp.



Tonlespia  spp.






Carapus  spp.



Echiodon  spp.



Encheliophis  spp.



Eurypleuron  spp.



Onuxodon  spp.



Pyramodon  spp.



Snyderidia  spp.



Tetragondacnus  spp.





Snipefish, Shrimpfish

Aeoliscus  spp.



Centriscops  spp.



Centriscus  spp.



Macroramphosus  spp.



Notopogon  spp.





Butterfly fish

Amphichaetodon  spp.



Chaetodon  spp.



Chelmon  spp.



Chelmonops  spp.



Coradion  spp.



Forcipiger  spp.



Hemitaurichthys  spp.



Heniochus  spp.



Johnrandallia  spp.



Parachaetodon  spp.



Prognathodes  spp.



Roa  spp.





Hawk fish

Amblycirrhitus  spp.



Cirrhitichthys  spp.



Cirrhitops  spp.



Cirrhitus  spp.



Cristacirrhitus  spp.



Cyprinocirrhites  spp.



Isocirrhitus  spp.



Itycirrhitus  spp.



Neocirrhitus  spp.



Notocirrhitus  spp.



Oxycirrhites  spp.



Paracirrhites  spp.





Batfish, Spadefish, Scats

Chaetodipterus  spp.



Ephippus  spp.



Parapsettus  spp.



Platax  spp.



Proteracanthus  spp.



Rhinoprenes  spp.



Tripterodon  spp.



Zabidius  spp.






Gramma  spp.



Lipogramma  spp.





Squirrelfish, Soldierfish

Corniger  spp.



Holocentrus  spp.



Myripristis  spp.



Neoniphon  spp.



Ostichthys  spp.



Plectrypops  spp.



Pristilepis  spp.



Sargocentron  spp.




Labridae (excluding Cheilinusundulatus)


Acantholabrus  spp.



Achoerodus  spp.



Ammolabrus  spp.



Anampses  spp.



Anchichoerops  spp.



Austrolabrus  spp.



Bodianus  spp.



Centrolabrus  spp.



Cheilinus  spp. (excluding Ceilinus  undulatus)



Cheilio  spp.



Choerodon  spp.



Cirrhilabrus  spp.



Clepticus  spp.



Conniella  spp.



Coris  spp.



Ctenolabrus  spp.



Cymolutes  spp.



Decodon  spp.



Diproctacanthus  spp.



Doratonotus  spp.



Dotalabrus  spp.



Epibulus  spp.



Eupetrichthys  spp.



Frontilabrus  spp.



Gomphosus  spp.



Halichoeres  spp.



Hemigymnus  spp.



Hologymnosus  spp.



Iniistius  spp.



Labrichthys  spp.



Labroides  spp.



Labropsis  spp.



Labrus  spp.



Lachnolaimus  spp.



Lappanella  spp.



Larabicus  spp.



Leptojulis  spp.



Macropharyngodon  spp.



Malapterus  spp.



Minilabrus  spp.



Nelabrichthys  spp.



Notolabrus  spp.



Novaculichthys  spp.



Novaculoides  spp.



Ophthalmolepis  spp.



Oxycheilinus  spp.



Oxyjulis  spp.



Paracheilinus  spp.



Parajulis  spp.



Pictilabrus  spp.



Polylepion  spp.



Pseudocheilinops  spp.



Pseudocheilinus  spp.



Pseudocoris   spp.



Pseudodax  spp.



Pseudojuloides  spp.



Pseudolabrus  spp.



Pteragogus  spp.



Semicossyphus  spp.



Stethojulis  spp.



Suezichthys  spp.



Symphodus  spp.



Tautoga  spp.



Tautogolabrus  spp.



Terelabrus  spp.



Thalassoma  spp.



Wetmorella  spp.



Xenojulis  spp.



Xiphocheilus  spp.



Xyrichtys  spp.





Blanquillos, Tilefish

Branchiostegus  spp.



Caulolatilus  spp.



Hoplolatilus  spp.



Lopholatilus  spp.



Malacanthus  spp.






Acanthaluteres  spp.


Acreichthys  spp.



Aluterus  spp.



Amanses  spp.



Anacanthus  spp.



Brachaluteres  spp.



Cantherhines  spp.



Cantheschenia  spp.



Chaetodermis  spp.



Colurodontis  spp.



Enigmacanthus  spp.



Eubalichthys  spp.



Lalmohania  spp.



Meuschenia  spp.



Monacanthus  spp.



Nelusetta  spp.



Oxymonacanthus  spp.



Paraluteres  spp.



Paramonacanthus  spp.



Pervagor  spp.



Pseudalutarius  spp.



Pseudomonacanthus  spp.



Rudarius  spp.



Scobinichthys  spp.



Stephanolepis  spp.



Thamnaconus  spp.





Pinecone fish

Cleidopus  spp.



Monocentris  spp.






Mulloidichthys  spp. 


Mullus  spp.



Parupeneus  spp.



Pseudupeneus  spp.



Upeneichthys  spp.



Upeneus  spp.

Moray eels

Anarchias  spp.



Channomuraena  spp.



Cirrimaxilla  spp.



Diaphenchelys  spp.



Echidna  spp.



Enchelycore  spp.



Enchelynassa  spp.



Gymnomuraena  spp.



Gymnothorax  spp.



Monopenchelys  spp.



Muraena  spp.



Pseudechidna  spp.



Rhinomuraena  spp.



Scuticaria  spp.



Strophidon  spp.



Uropterygius  spp.





Box fish

Acanthostracion  spp.



Lactophrys  spp.



Lactoria  spp.



Ostracion  spp.



Paracanthostracion  spp.



Rhinesomus  spp.



Rhynchostracion  spp.



Tetrosomus  spp.






Eurypegasus  spp.



Pegasus  spp.






Parapriacanthus  spp.



Pempheris  spp.





Convict blennies

Pholidichthys  spp.





Weevers, Sandperches

Kochichthys  spp.



Parapercis  spp.



Pinguipes  spp.



Prolatilus  spp.



Pseudopercis  spp.



Ryukyupercis  spp.



Simipercis  spp.






Acanthoclinus  spp.



Acanthoplesiops  spp.



Assessor  spp.



Beliops  spp.



Belonepterygion  spp.



Calloplesiops  spp.



Fraudella  spp.



Notograptus  spp.



Paraplesiops  spp.



Plesiops  spp.



Steeneichthys  spp.



Trachinops  spp.






Apolemichthys  spp.



Centropyge  spp.



Chaetodontoplus  spp.



Genicanthus  spp.



Holacanthus  spp.



Pomacanthus  spp.



Pygoplites  spp.





Damselfish, Clownfish

Abudefduf  spp.



Acanthochromis  spp.



Altrichthys  spp.



Amblyglyphidodon  spp.



Amblypomacentrus  spp.



Amphiprion  spp.



Azurina  spp.



Cheiloprion  spp.



Chromis  spp.



Chrysiptera  spp.



Dascyllus  spp.



Dischistodus  spp.



Hemiglyphidodon  spp.



Hypsypops  spp.



Lepidozygus  spp.



Mecaenichthys  spp.



Microspathodon  spp.



Neoglyphidodon  spp.



Neopomacentrus  spp.



Nexilosus  spp.



Parma  spp.



Plectroglyphidodon  spp.



Pomacentrus  spp.



Pomachromis  spp.



Premnas  spp.



Pristotis  spp.



Similiparma  spp.



Stegastes  spp.



Teixeirichthys  spp.





Big eyes, Catalufas

Cookeolus  spp.



Heteropriacanthus  spp.



Priacanthus  spp.



Pristigenys  spp.






Amsichthys  spp.



Anisochromis  spp.



Assiculoides  spp.



Assiculus  spp.



Blennodesmus  spp.



Chlidichthys  spp.



Congrogadus  spp.



Cypho  spp.



Halidesmus  spp.



Halimuraena  spp.



Halimuraenoides  spp.



Haliophis  spp.



Labracinus  spp.



Lubbockichthys  spp.



Manonichthys  spp.



Natalichthys  spp.



Ogilbyina  spp.



Oxycercichthys  spp.



Pectinochromis  spp.



Pholidochromis  spp.



Pictichromis  spp.



Pseudochromis  spp.



Pseudoplesiops  spp.



Rusichthys  spp.






Bolbometopon  spp.



Calotomus  spp.



Cetoscarus  spp.



Chlorurus  spp.



Cryptotomus  spp.



Hipposcarus  spp.



Leptoscarus  spp.



Nicholsina  spp.



Scarus  spp.



Sparisoma  spp.




Syngnathidae (excluding Hippocampus spp.)

Pipefish, Seahorses

Acentronura  spp.



Amphelikturus  spp.



Anarchopterus  spp.



Apterygocampus  spp.



Bhanotia  spp.



Bryx  spp.



Bulbonaricus  spp.



Campichthys  spp.



Choeroichthys  spp.



Corythoichthys  spp.



Cosmocampus  spp.



Doryichthys  spp.



Doryrhamphus  spp.



Dunckerocampus  spp.



Enneacampus  spp.



Entelurus  spp.



Festucalex  spp.



Filicampus  spp.



Halicampus  spp.



Haliichthys  spp.



Heraldia  spp.



Hippichthys  spp.



Histiogamphelus  spp.



Hypselognathus  spp.



Ichthyocampus  spp.



Idiotropiscis  spp.



Kaupus  spp.



Kimblaeus  spp.



Kyonemichthys  spp.



Leptoichthys  spp.



Leptonotus  spp.



Lissocampus  spp.



Maroubra  spp.



Micrognathus  spp.



Microphis  spp.



Minyichthys  spp.



Mitotichthys  spp.



Nannocampus  spp.



Nerophis  spp.



Notiocampus  spp.



Penetopteryx  spp.



Phoxocampus  spp.



Phycodurus  spp.



Phyllopteryx  spp.



Pseudophallus  spp.



Pugnaso  spp.



Siokunichthys  spp.



Solegnathus  spp.



Stigmatopora  spp.



Stipecampus  spp.



Syngnathoides  spp.



Syngnathus  spp.



Trachyrhamphus  spp.



Urocampus  spp.



Vanacampus  spp.




Specific Species


Common Name

Alectis spp.


Anthias  spp.

Rock cods

Brachirus  spp.


Canthigaster spp.

Puffer fish

Cirripectes  stigmaticus

Red-streaked blenny, Reticulated blenny

Cromileptes spp.(excluding Cromileptes  altivelis)

Groupers (excluding Barramundi cod)

Dendrochirus spp.

Scorpion fish

Ecsenius  axelrodi

Axelrod’s clown blenny

Ecsenius  bicolor

Two-colour comb-tooth blenny, Bicolour comb-tooth blenny, Bicolour blenny

Ecsenius  gravieri

Red sea mimic blenny

Ecsenius  melarchus

Yellow-eyed comb-tooth blenny

Ecsenius  midas

Midas blenny comb-tooth blenny, Lyre-tail comb-tooth, Persian blenny



Gobiodon spp.


Heterodontus zebra

Zebra bullhead shark

Lipophrys  nigriceps

Black-headed blenny

Lobotes  spp.

Jumping cod

Lythrypnus spp.


Macolor spp.


Meiacanthus  atrodorsalis

Eyelash fang blenny, Eyelash harptail blenny, Lyretail blenny, Yellow-tail fang blenny, Forktail blenny

Meiacanthus  grammistes

Linespot fang blenny, Black-banded blenny, Line-spot harp-tail blenny, Striped poison fang blenny

Meiacanthus  oualanensis

Canary fang blenny, Oualan   forktail blenny

Nemateleotris  spp.


Plotosus  lineatus

Eel-tailed catfish, Striped eel catfish, Lined catfish

Ptereleotris spp.


Pterois spp.


Rhinopias  spp.

Scorpion fish

Scolopsis  bilineata

Spine-cheek, Two-lined monocle bream

Siganus  spp. Excluding Siganus  rivulatus and Siganus  luridus

Rabbit fishes

Signigobius spp.


Symphorichthys spp

Sailfin Snapper

Taeniura  lymma

Blue spotted fantail ray

Valenciennea  strigata

Blueband glider goby, Bluestreak goby, Golden-head sleeper goby

Zanclus  cornutus

Moorish idol



Importers are advised to check that this list is current at the time of importation. Only fish appearing on this list on the day of import will be eligible for entry into Australia.


Only live ornamental fish included on the department’s List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import are eligible for importation into Australia from approved countries.


The current List of Permitted Live Marine Fish Suitable for Import can be found on the ICON Database.



In ‘Commodity’ type: Marine Fish

Select: “search”

Select: “Marine Fish – Live”


Condition  C9312 List of Competent Authorities

List of Competent Authorities

Bahrain - Marine fish only
Ministry of Commerce
Kingdom of Bahrain

Federal Agency for the Security of the Food Chain

Animal Quarantine Division
Department of Supervision for Animal and Plant Quarantine
General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine
People's Republic of China

Federated States of Micronesia
Division of Agriculture
Department of Resources and Development
Federated States of Micronesia

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forests

French Polynesia
Ministry of Agriculture
French Polynesia

Veterinary issues in the export sector
Federal Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection

Hong Kong
Inspection and Quarantine Branch
Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department
Hong Kong

Centre for Fish Quarantine
Ministry of Agriculture

Indonesia – Bali
Fish Quarantine Office, Denpasar
Ministry of Agriculture

Indonesia- Jakarta
Agricultural Quarantine Office, Soekarno-Hatta
Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock & Marketing

Fisheries Biosecurity Division
Department of Fisheries

New Caledonia
Department Import/Export
Direction de l’Agricultureet de la Foret
New Caledonia

New Zealand
General Standards
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry

Fish Health and Quality Management Assurance Section
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
Department of Agriculture
Republic of the Philippines

Saudi Arabia
Animal Quarantine
Ministry of Agriculture and Water
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Ministry of Agriculture & Water Resources

Veterinary Services Section
Animal Health & Development Division
Ministry of Agriculture & Marine Resources

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority

Solomon Islands
Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Solomon Islands

South Africa
Import Export Policy Unit
Animal Health Directorate
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Republic of South Africa

Sri Lanka - (excluding Carassius  auratus - Goldfish)
Department of Animal Production and Health
Sri Lanka

Tawain – Marine fish only
Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine

Tanzania – Marine fish only
Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives
Government of Tanzania

Department of Fisheries

USA (includes Hawaii)
Imports and Exports of Live Animals
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
United States Department of Agriculture

Vanuatu- Marine fish only
Biosecurity Vanuatu
Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Forestry, Fisheries & Biosecurity



Entry Management  EM0186

Commodity Docs


AIMS Comments

Notes / QAP


1) A valid Import Permit - see permit conditions for specific requirements.

2) Health Certificate- see permit conditions for specific requirements


NOTE: Import permit requirements outweigh ICON conditions and work instructions unless otherwise stated within the permit.


All Docs OK

All Cargo Types - valid permit, health certificate and packing list – Inspection occurring at CTO





1.1, 1.2








A written order into quarantine or AIMS order into quarantine to the importer is required to accompany Isolation Directions



1) Documentation - Present all Documentation


2) Inspection Direction – Inspect Live Fish at CTO

Standard Comments for Inspection Direction

Fish may not move from the CTO until inspected by a Quarantine Officer.

Present original health certificate(s) and valid import permit (or copy) or means to allow the identification of the import permit.


2) Relevant Isolation Direction(s)

a) 7 Days Q’tine of Live Fish

b) 14 Days Q’tine of Live Fish

c) 21 Days Q’tine of Live Fish

Standard Comments for Isolation Direction

Live Fish to be moved directly to QAP for isolation in accordance with import permit conditions.



3) Inspection Direction – Live Fish Inspect @ QAP

Standard Comments for Inspection Direction

Final inspection of Live Fish after isolation period of <number> days.

All fish are to remain isolated until inspected and released by DAFF.


All Docs OK

All Cargo Types - valid permit, health certificate and packing list – Inspection occurring at DAFF  Office




1.1, 1.2







DAFF Office





A written order into quarantine or AIMS order into quarantine to the importer is required to accompany Isolation Directions





1) Documentation - Present all Documentation

Present all original documents to nearest DAFF Regional Office  

2)  Inspection Direction -Seal/ChkCtns Live Fish @ CTO

Standard Comments for Inspection Direction

<numberctns> Live Fish ex <country of origin>. Must be <sealed with Quarantine Seals/checked by Quarantine Officer> prior to movement from bond.

Once advised by Q Officer – move fish directly to nearest DAFF Regional Office.


3) Inspection Direction –

Inspect Live Fish @DAFF Office

Standard Comments for Inspection Direction

Fish will be subject to unpack and inspection.

Present valid import permit (or copy) or a means of identification of the import permit and original health certificate(s) at inspection.


4) Relevant Isolation Direction(s)

a) 7 Days Q’tine of Live Fish

b) 14 Days Q’tine of Live Fish

c) 21 Days Q’tine of Live Fish

Standard Comments for Isolation Direction

Live Fish to be moved directly to QAP for isolation in accordance with import permit conditions.



5)  Inspection Direction – Live Fish Inspect @ QAP

Standard Comments for Inspection Direction

Final inspection of Live Fish after isolation period of <number> days.

All fish are to remain isolated until inspected and released by DAFF.



All Docs NOT OK


All Cargo Types,  nil valid health certificate, nil valid import permit, nil valid packing list



DAFF supervisor will be notified.

The consignment must be exported or destroyed

1) Documentation - Present all Documentation

Standard Comments for Documentation Direction

Present all documents including a valid <import permit/health certificate/packing list> for <commodity> as per ICON.

Alternatively the goods may be exported or destroyed at importer’s expense.










Import Permit Fee  IPF0005

Import Permit Fees (where applicable) – Category 4

This commodity is classified as a Category 4 assessment for the purposes of determining the Import Permit fee rate that applies. The fee rate is $360.00 (for any assessment period up to 3 hours) and $40.00 for each quarter hour, or part of a quarter hour, after the 3-hour period. Note that in addition to the assessment fee, an electronic lodgement fee of $125.00 or a manual lodgement fee of $225.00 also applies.

An assessable item means an item identified on an Import Permit application as consisting of goods of a class imported, or to be imported, from a particular country for a particular use.

Further information on Department’s fees and charges can be found on the Departmental website. Import Permit issuing fees are specified in the Quarantine Service Fees Determination 2005.

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