On 21 June 2022, the department released a Notice of Intention to conduct a Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis (BIRA) under the Biosecurity Act 2015 and the Biosecurity Regulation 2016, in relation to the importation of Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii) and beluga sturgeon (Huso huso) for aquaculture purposes. This commenced a 30-month timeframe to complete the BIRA.
Steps to complete this risk analysis
When we do a risk analysis, we:
- review the science on pests and diseases of concern, release an Issues Paper, and seek stakeholder feedback on hazards
- assess and analyse biosecurity risks
- develop proposed risk management measures
- consult stakeholders on the draft report and then review comments
- publish a final report
- develop import conditions
- publish import conditions in our Biosecurity Import Conditions System (BICON).
About this risk analysis
At the request of industry stakeholders, we are assessing the biosecurity risks associated with the import of live sturgeon for aquaculture focusing on beluga (Huso huso) and Siberian sturgeon (Acipenser baerii).
Australia does not currently permit the import of any live sturgeon. As risk management measures have not been established for live sturgeon, we are conducting this assessment as a Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis under the Biosecurity Act 2015.
Learn more about how and why the department conducts a Biosecurity Import Risk Analysis and our international obligations.
Your feedback on the issues paper
Thank you for sharing your views, ideas and research on the issues paper. We received five submissions covering a wide range of perspectives.
Your feedback will help inform our draft BIRA report on the import of live sturgeon for aquaculture. All submissions are being carefully considered, and we may contact you to discuss them further. Submissions that were not marked confidential can be accessed below. In some cases the submitter requested that they not be identified.
Submissions can be viewed on Have Your Say - Importing live sturgeon for aquaculture.
Now that the stakeholder submissions period has closed, we will:
- consider all feedback
- develop a draft BIRA report.
We will then release the draft BIRA report for stakeholder consultation.
About the issues paper
We released an issues paper that provided background information on the proposal to import live sturgeon to Australia, an overview of the risk analysis process, and a preliminary hazard identification.
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