Noxious fish off the list

IF you have a Yellowbelly gudgeon, Reedfish, and/or Tropical carp-gudgeon, you’ll want to get rid of it quick smart (and not by flushing it down the toilets).

Changes to the NSW noxious fish list that take effect from today means anyone owning or selling the fish can be fined up to $5500 for an individual or $11,000 for a corporation.

“The addition of new species to the list is as a result of a nationally consistent approach to the management of ornamental fish throughout Australia,” Ms Walker said.

“The changes will assist in reducing the risk of high-risk ornamental fish species entering and harming our waterways.

“Some of the fish species listed as noxious grow incredibly large in size, such as the sturgeons, or may be aggressive in their nature.

“If they were to escape into our waterways they could have serious impacts on native fish through predation and competition.”

Anyone who owns one of the fish is required to euthanize it “using suitable humane methods as advised by the NSW DPI Animal Welfare Branch”.

For more information and the complete NSW Noxious Fish List can be found on the website go to www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/fisheries/pests-diseases/noxious-fish-and-marine-vegetation
 



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