[RML] Illegal Imports

Bruce Hansen (bhansen at ozemail.com.au)
Sun, 13 Sep 1998 08:29:09 +1000

Sorry to raise an old chestnut -

It probably comes as no surprise to many Australians on this list that
potentially dangerous and protected species are still being smuggled into
this country.

It is hard to understand why anyone would want to take the risk of
introducing diseases dangerous to the whole aquaculture and aquarium
industries when the fish involved are unlikely to ever be able to be bred
here. The space needed to raise and breed tropical giants like the
Osteoglossids (Arrowanas and Arapaimas), catfish like Pseudoplatystomas and
Cichlids such as Boulengerochromis is not easy to disguise .

The saddest thing to me is that these fish are "presold" before they even
get here and members of the various aquarium clubs are involved, perhaps
even members of this list. It is only a matter of time before there are
major moves on the aquarium hobby and industry.

It is especially annoying when we seem to be getting somewhere with
rationalising the problem of streamlining the process of approval of
desirable new species.

All I can suggest is that we complain loud and clear at our club meetings
and at our local fish shops about it and make sure that there is no doubt to
anyone about how you feel.


Bruce Hansen, A.N.G.F.A., Advancing Australian Aquatics.

Bruce Hansen, ANGFA, caring for our aquatic ecosystems.

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