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Government of Western Australia - Department of Fisheries

How to apply to translocate fish

We have developed a process to ensure risks associated with translocation of live fish are minimised. If you receive Translocation Approval, there are conditions you must abide by, otherwise legal action may be taken.

There are three ways to legally translocate (move) live non-endemic fish in Western Australia. You will need:

• a Streamlined Translocation Approval; or

• a Standard Translocation Approval; or

• a Translocation Authority.

Streamlined Translocation Approval

This process is a fast-tracked way to receive approval if you are planning to translocate fish for the following four activities:

  • Non-commercial aquaculture (including non-commercial aquaponics)
  • Non-commercial stocking of rainbow trout in farm dams
  • Commercial aquaculture
  • The restaurant trade

You can apply for a Streamlined Translocation Approval if you meet certain conditions and intend to translocate a certain species that is included on the appropriate White List. The application process is free of charge.

To find out if your intended activity is suitable for a Streamlined Translocation Approval, read the relevant guidelines, below:

Applying for a Streamlined Translocation Approval

If your intended activity is suitable for a Streamlined Translocation Approval, there are two ways you can apply.

  1. You can apply online.
  2. Or, you can print out the relevant application form below, fill it out, and mail, fax or email it to us – see the form for details.

Standard Translocation Approval

 
The Standard Translocation Approval process is used when you do not meet some or all of the criteria outlined in any of the guidelines for a Streamlined Translocation Approval (i.e. the species is not on the relevant White List or you cannot meet the conditions).
 
The Standard Translocation Approval process usually takes less than 10 business days to process. The application process is free of charge.  

To find out if your intended activity is suitable for a Standard Translocation Approval, read the guidelines below.

Applying for a Standard Translocation Approval 

If your intended activity is suitable for a Standard Translocation Approval, there are two ways you can apply:

  1. You can apply online.
  2. Or, you can print out the application form below, fill it out, and mail, fax or email it to us – see the form for details.

Translocation Authority

If you intend to translocate fish that don’t meet the criteria for a Streamlined Translocation Approval or a Standard Translocation Approval, you may need to apply for a Translocation Authority. This is a more complex process, as a thorough risk assessment and consultation may need to be carried out.

A Translocation Authority is usually required for translocations on a large scale, or when the applicant intends to use the species for an activity purpose used only on rare occasions, or the species to be used is of a higher biosecurity risk.

There is a fee when applying for a Translocation Authority. For further information, or to obtain an application pack for a Translocation Authority, please contact the Translocation Officer.

If you are unsure whether you meet the required criteria for a Translocation Approval, or need assistance to apply for a Translocation Authority, contact our Translocation Officer by telephone or email translocation@fish.wa.gov.au

Last modified: 23/09/2014 2:00 PM

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