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chrisandelana

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Australian Government Department of Environment and Heritage

Wildlife Trade and Conservation Section

GPO Box 787

Canberra ACT 2601

Phone: 02 6274 1111

Fax: 02 6274 1666

Web - http://www.deh.gov.au

They are the group in the government that is responsible for those assessments.

Here is a link to their public notices section

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There has been do decision yet but those that are interested can have a look at the AQIA web site. There is a section called the icon alert page when thay make a decision it will be posted on there.

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If anything is approved it should be shown here http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/trade-u...t.html#download. The last approval was in August. Here is a email I received a few weeks ago about the situation:

DATED 1/9/04

Hi Eric

Thank you for your interest in the draft report assessing the risk of

importing 10 species of ornamental fish into Australia. At this stage,

the Department of the Environment and Heritage is still receiving

comments on the draft report. Once the period for consultation has

ended, the Minister for the Environment will assess the report, comments

received from stakeholders and any other relevant information collated

by the Department. Using all of this information, the Minister will

make a decision on whether to allow the import of any or all of the 10

fish species dealt with in the draft report. However, with the calling

of the election, it is most likely that the incoming Minister for the

Environment will be responsible for making the decision, ie sometime

after the election has been conducted.

Should the incoming Minister decide to allow any of these fish to be

imported into Australia, the fish will be added to the live import list

that was established and is maintained under the Environment Protection

and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Schedule 6 was maintained under

the Wildlife Protection Act, which was repealed in January 2002. All of

the fish that were listed on Schedule 6, are now listed on either Part 1

or Part 2 of the live import list.

Animals on Part 1 of the live import list do not require a permit from

the Department of the Environment and Heritage to be imported into

Australia, animals on Part 2 of the live import list do require a permit

from the Department of the Environment and Heritage before import of

these species is allowed. All live fish imports require a permit from

the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service before being allowed

into Australia.

If you have any further questions on this application or the process to

amend the live import list, do not hesitate to contact me.

And here is what I received around 2 weeks ago:

Hi Eric

As yet, the Minister for the Environment and Heritage has not yet made

a decision on any of the ornamental fish we currently have applications

for, including Cyphotilapia frontosa.

If the Minister does decide to add Cyphotilapia frontosa to the live

import list, notification will be posted on the Department of the

Environment and Heritage website.

Be patient, a decision should be made soon and I hope it favours us hobbyists.

eric

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