Since 1999 the aquarium industry has been lucky enough to not have been under any serious threat... that is until now.
New laws due to be introduced on the 1st of March 2015, will significantly impact the aquarium industry and intern will greatly effect the local businesses, fish availability and prices that our customers pay.
Why are they making these changes?
This entire process came about because of an illegal practice by the aquaculture industry in 2003, after an outbreak of Iridovirus occurred on a Murray Cod farm that killed many young fish. This outbreak was linked to the illegal practice of feeding gourami fish to the Murray Cod broodstock (breeders).
The disease problem went away with NO Government intervention, it did NOT escape into the wild and has NOT been seen since in Murray Cod or any other native Australian fish since 2003.
Due to the iridovirus problem in 2003 and some further research, in 2008 the Federal Government elected to undertake a new Import Risk Assessment (IRA) for potential fish affected by iridovirus.
The Australian Government is about to introduce dramatic changes to the current fish importing requirements. They are demanding off-shore, batch laboratory testing that will result in the killing of thousands of healthy fish. This means that every consignment of fish to be exported will need to be tested before being sent. There is no test currently available without killing fish and collecting their internal organs.
These new measures will drastically increase the cost of bringing the remaining fish into Australia and for some species it will no longer be economic to import them. Estimations are that the cost of all fish will increase and up to four times for some species. This will have a major impact on many small businesses and make the keeping of fish in home aquariums prohibitively expensive for many people.
If you want to find out more information on these changes, how it will effect you and how you can help us please visit the following link on the PIAA website.
Posted By Elise Boonstra