Ornamental Finfish

We completed an import risk assessment (IRA) for ornamental finfish in 1999.

Steps to complete this risk analysis

When we do a risk analysis, we:

  • start the risk analysis by reviewing the science on pests and diseases of concern
  • assess and analyse biosecurity risks
  • develop proposed risk management measures
  • consult the public 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)

In 2004 we suspended the importation of barramundi cod due to altered risk factors and changed sourcing and end-use patterns.

In 2014 we completed a review of the biosecurity risk of gourami iridovirus and related viruses for freshwater ornamental fish and updated the import conditions.

Check current conditions for importing freshwater ornamental fish in BICON.

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Learn more about why we carry out risk analyses and our international obligations.

About the final reports

The 1999 IRA recommended that imports of live ornamental fish be allowed, provided they met the import conditions specified in the IRA. Following the 2014 review, these conditions were updated for gourami virus and related viruses in freshwater ornamental fish.

All imports must meet the biosecurity import conditions.

The final reports detail:

  • diseases of biosecurity concern
  • risk assessments for the identified diseases
  • recommended risk management measures.

Diseases

The 1999 and 2014 final reports named diseases that need risk management measures. These are:

  • goldfish haematopoietic necrosis virus
  • iridoviruses of freshwater ornamental finfish
  • spring viraemia of carp virus
  • Aeromonas salmonicida (‘typical’ strains and exotic ‘atypical’ strains)
  • Dactylogyrus vastator and D. extensus
  • Argulus foliaceus and A. coregoni
  • Lernaea elegans.

Risk management measures

In summary, the 1999 report recommended risk management measures including;

  • certification that the source of the fish was free from the above diseases
  • visual inspection on arrival
  • post-arrival quarantine periods
  • diagnostic testing during quarantine
  • treatment of fish during quarantine.

The 2014 report recommended that fish of the gourami, cichilid and poecilid families be permitted for import for ornamental purposes if batch testing prior to export shows the fish to be free of megalocytiviruses, or the fish are sourced from a country, zone or compartment recognised by Australia to be free of megalocytiviruses (based on active surveillance).

More detailed information is provided in the reports.

Download final reports

Department of Agriculture, 2014

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Importation of freshwater ornamental fish: review of biosecurity risks associated with gourami iridovirus and related viruses - Final import risk analysis report PDF

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Importation of freshwater ornamental fish: review of biosecurity risks associated with gourami iridovirus and related viruses - Final import risk analysis report DOC

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Import industry advice notice 02-2016 - Updated model health certificates for imported ornamental (aquarium) finfish

 

 

Model health certificates for imported ornamental (aquarium) finfish – valid from 1 March 2016 PDF

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Model health certificates for imported ornamental (aquarium) finfish – valid from 1 March 2016 DOCX

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Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, 2004

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Interim conditions suspending the importation of Barramundi cod for ornamental purposes PDF

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Interim conditions suspending the importation of Barramundi cod for ornamental purposes DOCX

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Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service, 1999

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Import Risk Analysis on Live Ornamental Finfish PDF

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Last reviewed: 29 June 2020
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