Special Authority - Fish

Live goldfish, mollusc or crustacean species may not be brought into Tasmania without appropriate permits issued under the Animal Health Act 1995. Species that are prohibited by the legislation or policy of any other Agency may not be imported.


Abalone (Haliotis sp.) – Importation of abalone (dead or alive), including abalone products, is PROHIBITED. Abalone from any state or territory may only be permitted entry to Tasmania if a Special Authority has been obtained from the Chief Veterinary Officer prior to the importation taking place and the import conditions of that Special Authority have been strictly complied with.


The Fisheries (Rock Lobster) Rules 2011 sets size and possession limits which apply to imported rock lobsters of the genus Jasus and Sagmariasus. Lobster species outside of these categories are not subject to Tasmanian fisheries management legislation. Please contact the Recreational Fisheries Section on (03) 6165 3035 for further advice. 

Live Molluscs and other marine invertebrates (other than those species listed under the General Authority for Live Mudcrabs and Tropical Marine Invertebrates) – Importation is NOT ALLOWED without a valid Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer.


Live Rock and Live Sand – These are prohibited and may not be imported into Tasmania unless in accordance with a valid Special Authority issued by the Chief Veterinary Officer. Applications can be made to the Animal Biosecurity and Welfare Branch at: AnimalDisease.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

For more information, please contact

Animal Disease Enquiries
Chief Veterinary Officer
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6165 3263
Email: AnimalDisease.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au

Special Authority