WA Fisheries Director has a bee in his bonnet about people selling Cherry Shrimp.
Several raids have been done in order to confiscate or destroy ornamental shrimp (including native species) - this includes private residences.....
The Senior Officer involved in the raids (complete with video camera) is using fear and scare tactics, hoping that the information is spread around WA that no one can trade in Cherry Shrimp.
However, he is doing so by telling people involved that they do not have licences to sell the shrimp, and that you need translocation approval from fisheries if you want to deal in shrimp... This is a blatant lie, and he knows it (I have told him personally, and wrote it down for him with extracts from the Act and Regulations).
I have passed on full information as to the rights (as per the legislations) we have as ornamental fish hobbyists to the committee before it gets posted up for everyone to read. (see below)
Please read this asap if you feel at all concerned that fisheries will raid your home - it will give you a heads up and the right legislation that exempts us from applying for Aquaculture licences or translocation approvals.
If someone says you need an aquaculture licence to trade in shrimp or aquarium fish -
Under Section 90 of the Act and section 68 of the Regulations (Fisheries Resources Management Act / Regulations)
You are breeding and selling the shrimp/fish as ornamental fish for ornamental purposes and you are not breeding in commercial quantities and you only trade with other ornamental fish hobbyists and retail fish stores - who are also exempt
If you get someone saying you need a translocation approval to move the shrimp into or around the state -
The shrimp/fish are involved in “the movement of fish into ornamental holding facilities” - this is nothing to do with aquaculture systems or release/introduction into a waterway, so are exempt from requiring any form of approval from fisheries.
There is also no current management plans to rid the state of ornamental shrimp, so fisheries does not have the legal right to confiscate/destroy fish or shrimp under these above conditions.
Dont ask me for more detail as to who and how many people have been raided - I dont want to push the barrow of the fisheries, now that I am aware of their tactics - this is what they want....
Edited by Mr_docfish, 20 April 2013 - 10:27 PM.