NO FISH: Mark Zemek, from Zemo’s Pets and Hobbies, with a siamese fighting fish, one breed which would be restricted from importation under new Biosecurity Australia regulations.
NO FISH: Mark Zemek, from Zemo’s Pets and Hobbies, with a siamese fighting fish, one breed which would be restricted from importation under new Biosecurity Australia regulations. Karleila Thomsen

Exotic fish on import hit list

EXOTIC fish are a source of fascination in many Fraser Coast homes and businesses but they could be a rare sight if new regulations are enforced restricting the importation of the scaly creatures.

The majority of exotic fish species found in pet and aquarium shops are bred overseas but a report from Biosecurity Australia could bring the industry to the ground.

Restricting the importation of the species would increase retail prices and cost jobs, according to Mark Zemek from Zemo’s Pets and Hobbies in Maryborough.

“There are breeders of these fish in Australia but they can’t meet current demand.”

“This move would push up prices.

“There’s also talk on online forums that any of these imported breeds already in Australia may have to be destroyed – that would kill my store.

“Fish are about one-third of my trade.

“The government tries to get these things through quietly – some of my customers weren’t aware of it until they saw a petition in my shop – but we are fighting it.”

Mr Zemek said the changes could cost jobs, especially for larger suppliers of exotic fish species.

A petition against the proposed changes is available to sign at Zemo’s Pets and Hobbies on Alice Street (next to Hungry Jack’s).

To find out more go to www.daff.gov.au/ba

‘There’s also talk on online forums that any of these imported breeds already in Australia may have to be destroyed – that would kill my store’



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