Noxious Aquatic Species in Victoria

Potentially noxious species can include fish, and other aquatic plants and animals. Victoria has listed a number of species and genera as noxious under Section 75 of the Fisheries Act 1995.

By declaring a particular species as noxious, the Victorian Government applies regulations to control the use and potential spread of such animals.

Once declared as noxious, people must not bring these species into the state, nor take, hatch, keep, possess, sell, transport, put into any container or release into protected waters any declared noxious aquatic species (unless otherwise authorised by permit). A number of offences have been created relating to noxious aquatic species in Victoria.

The Fisheries Act also requires people to report the possession, existence and location of any noxious aquatic species and provides powers to allow authorised officers to seize, remove and prevent the spread of noxious aquatic species.

What should you do if you suspect someone is keeping or selling noxious fish in Victoria?
If you suspect a person or a business of illegal activity, please call our fisheries offence reporting line "13FISH" (13 3474).

Helpful information includes:

  • Time and date of activity and if observed activity is continuing or has finished
  • Place/address
  • Number of people involved
  • Activity (e.g. specify "keeping or selling noxious fish")
  • Equipment being used

All information will be treated in strict confidence and will assist in planning patrols and enforcement operations.

Other general fisheries telephone enquiries should always be directed to the Customer Service Centre on 136 186.

List of Declared Noxious Aquatic Species in Victoria

as Declared under the Fisheries Act 1995 (last amendment 8 July 2010)

Scientific name Common name1
Acanthogobius flavimanus Yellowfin goby
Acestrorhynchus microlepis Pike characin
Acipenser baerii baerii Siberian sturgeon
Acipenser baerii baicalensis Baikal sturgeon
Acipenser brevirostrum Shortnose sturgeon
Acipenser dabryanus Yangtze sturgeon
Acipenser fulvescens Lake sturgeon
Acipenser gueldenstaedtii Russian sturgeon
Acipenser medirostris Green sturgeon
Acipenser mikadoi Sakhalin sturgeon
Acipenser multiscutatus Japanese sturgeon
Acipenser naccarii Adriatic sturgeon
Acipenser nudiventris Fringebarbel sturgeon
Acipenser oxyrinchus destotoi Gulf sturgeon
Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus Atlantic sturgeon
Acipenser persicus Persian sturgeon
Acipenser ruthenus Sterlet
Acipenser schrenckii Amur sturgeon
Acipenser sinensis Chinese sturgeon
Acipenser stellatus Starry sturgeon
Acipenser sturio European sturgeon
Acipenser transmontanus White sturgeon
Alfaro cultratus Knife-edged livebearer
Alfaro huberi
Allomogurnda nesolepis Yellowbelly gudgeon
Amia calva Bowfin
Anabas testudineus Climbing perch
Anaspidoglanis macrostoma Flatnose catfish
Apeltes quadracus Fourspine stickleback
Asterias amurensis Northern Pacific seastar
Atractosteus spp Alligator gar
Bagrus ubangensis Ubangi shovelnose catfish
Belonesox belizanus Pike minnow, pike killifish
Boulengerella maculata Spotted pike-characin
Boulengerochromis microlepis Giant cichlid
Bryconops affinis Orangefin tetra
Bryconops melanurus
Catlocarpio siamensis Giant barb
Caulerpa taxifoliaAquarium caulerpa
Centrarchidae family Bass, sunfish
Centropomus spp Snooks
Chaca chaca Squarehead catfish
Chaca bankanensis Angler catfish
Chaca burmensis Burmensis frogmouth catfish
Channa spp Snakehead
Cherax cainii Smooth marron
Cherax quadricarinatusRed claw crayfish
Cherax tenuimanus Hairy marron
Cichlasoma urophthalmus Mexican mojarra
Cirrhinus cirrhosus Mrigal
Citharinidae, Ichthyborinae subfamily African pike-characin, tubenose poacher, fin eater
Clarias spp Walking catfish
Colossoma spp Tambaqui
Crenicichla lacustrus
Crenicichla lepidota Pike cichlid
Crenicichla notophthalmus
Crenicichla saxatilis Ringtail pike cichlid
Ctenopharyngodon idella Grass carp
Ctenopoma kingsleyae Silverbelly centopoma
Ctenopoma ocellatum Eyespot ctenopoma
Ctenopoma weeksii Mottled ctenopoma
Culaea inconstans Brook stickleback
Cyprinus carpio Common carp
Dianema longibarbis Porthole catfish
Dormitator latifrons Pacific fat sleeper
Dormitator lebretonis Sleeper
Dormitator maculatus Fat sleeper
Elassoma spp Sunfish
Electrophorus electricus Electric eel
Erpetoichthys calabaricus Reedfish
Erythrinus spp Trahira
Esox spp Pikes
Fundulus chrysotus Golden topminnow
Gibelion catla Catla
Gambusia spp Mosquitofish
Gasterosteus aculeatus Three-spined stickleback
Gobiomorphus gobioides Giant bully
Gogiomorphus huttoni Redfin bully
Gobiomorus dormitor Bigmouth sleeper
Gobiomorus maculatus Pacific sleeper
Gymnarchus niloticus Aba aba
Hemichromis fasciatus Banded jewelfish
Hepsetus odoe African pike
Herichthys cyanoguttatus Rio Grande cichlid
Heterandria bimaculata Twospot livebearer
Heteropneustes fossilis Stinging catfish
Hollandichthys multifasciatus
Hoplerythrinus spp
Hoplias spp Trahira
Huso huso Beluga
Hydrocynus spp Pike characin, Giant tigerfish
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix Silver carp
Hypophthalmichthys nobilis Bighead carp
Hypseleotris cyprinoides Tropical carp-gudgeon
Hypseleotris tohizonae
Ictalurus punctatus Channel catfish
Irvineia voltae Butterfish
Knodus savannensis
Labeo calbasu Orange-fin labeo
Labeo rohita Rohu
Lates microlepis Forktail lates
Lates niloticus Nile perch
Lebiasina bimaculata Twospot lebiasina
Lepidosiren paradoxa South American lungfish
Lepisosteus spp Gar
Leptolebias aureoguttatus
Leptolebias marmoratus Marbled pearlfish
Leptolebias minimus Barredtail pearlfish
Leptolebias opalescens Opal pearlfish
Leptolebias splendens Splendid pearlfish
Malapterurus spp
Microctenopoma ansorgii Ornate ctenopoma
Microctenopoma congicum Congo ctenopoma
Microctenopoma fasciolatum Banded ctenopoma
Microctenopoma nanum Dwarf ctenopoma
Misgurnus anguillicaudatus Oriental weatherloach
Mormyrops anguilloides Bottlenose, Cornish jack
Mytilopsis sallei Black-striped mussel
Nandopsis tetracanthus Cuban cichlid
Neolissochilus hexagonolepis Copper mahseer
Notropis spp Shiners
Ompok bimaculatus Butter catfish
Oreochromis spp Tilapia
Osteoglossum bicirrhosum Arawana
Oxydoras spp Ripsaw catfish, black doras, black shielded catfish
Oxyeleotris heterodon Sentani gudgeon
Oxyeleotris marmorata Marble goby
Oxyeleotris siamensis
Oxyeleotris uropthalmoides
Oxyeleotris uropthalmus
Pangasianodon gigas Mekong giant catfish
Pangasianodon hypophthalmus Sutchi catfish
Pangasius conchophilus
Pangasius elongatus
Pangasius gigas Mekong giant catfish
Pangasius krempfi
Pangasius kunyit
Pangasius larnaudii Spot pangasius
Pangasius macronema
Pangasius nasutus
Pangasius nieuwenhuisii
Pangasius pangasius Yellowtailed catfish
Parachanna obscura Snake-head
Paratrygon aiereba Discus ray
Phago loricatus African pike characin
Phoxinus erythrogaster Southern redbelly dace
Polyodon spathula Mississippi paddlefish
Polypterus endlicherii Saddled bichir
Polypterus retropinnis West African bichir
Pomoxis spp Crappie
Procambarus clarkii Red swamp crayfish
Protopterus aethiopicus Marbled lungfish
Protopterus amphibius Gilled lungfish
Protopterus annectens West African lungfish
Protopterus dolloi Slender lungfish
Psephurus gladius Chinese swordfish
Pseudocrenilabrus philander Dwarf Victorian mouthbrooder
Pungitius pungitius Ninespine stickleback
Pygocentrus spp Piranha
Sabella spallanzanii European fan worm
Sargochromis spp Happy
Sarotherodon spp Tilapia
Schilbe intermedius Silver catfish
Schilbe marmoratus Shoulderspot catfish
Schilbe mystus African butter catfish
Serranochromis spp
Serrasalmus spp Piranha
Silurus spp European catfish, wels catfish
Sorubim lima Duckbill catfish
Spartina anglica Rice grass/Common cord-grass
Tilapia spp except T. buttikoferi Tilapia
Tomeurus gracilis Guppy
Tor spp Mahseer
Trichomycteridae family Parasitic catfishes
Tridentiger trigonocephalus Chameleon goby, striped goby
Undaria pinnatifida Wakame seaweed
Valencia hispanica Valencia toothcarp
Xiphophorus pygmaeus Pygmy swordtail
Zacco platypus Freshwater minnow

1 The common name is provided for information only.