You will require this permit if you intend to undertake any of the following activities with any noxious aquatic species:
- Import into Victoria;
- Keep or possess;
- Put into any container; or
- Release into protected waters (meaning all Victorian waters, any aquarium and/or hatchery).
The species listed as NAS under the Act are only deemed 'noxious' if they are in live form.
The issue of NAS permits will be based on the level of risk posed by the proposed activity and whether the risks created by the activity can adequately be managed through permit conditions. Activities that require a NAS permit include:
- Commercial harvest of NAS, including NAS broodstock for the purposes of aquaculture;
- Hatching, breeding, rearing and growing NAS in conjunction with an aquaculture licence;
- Private ornamental display purposes (permitted only in exceptional circumstances);
- Research purposes;
- Public display of NAS in a museum, zoo or aquarium;
- Public or private education institution purposes (by skilled professional not students);
- Human consumption of NAS (restricted to restaurants/caterers);
- Eradication of NAS from the wild programs; and
- Dredging operations that may result in the incidental take and release of NAS.
This permit is not renewable but the Secretary may issue another permit when the old permit is about to expire.
A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.
To be eligible for this permit you must pay any fees and make an application to the Secretary of the Agency, who must be satisfied that you meet the following eligibility criteria:
- You are fit and proper person to carry out the activities for which the permit is sought (permit may be refused if you have been convicted of an offence under prescribed legislation);
- You have the competency and knowledge to undertake the activities for which the permit is sought; and
- You will be the person directing the undertaking of the activities for which the permit is sought.
Please consult the responsible agency for more information regarding eligibility requirements.
Standard requirements for holding a NAS permit include:
- Biosecure holding facility and operations at all times;
- Disposal of water that comes into contact with the NAS must not pose a biosecurity risk; and
- When no longer required, NAS must be euthanized and disposed of in accordance with the relevant legislation.
Additional requirements may also be specified on the permit for particular activities.
A permit may be issued for a maximum of three years as determined by the Secretary.
Please consult the responsible agency for information on fees to be submitted with your application.
Please lodge your application form, fees and any other associated documents directly with the Agency.
Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources
Fisheries Act 1995 (Victoria)
Fisheries Regulations 2009 (Victoria)
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