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Importing aquatic animals

Aquatic animals such as ornamental fish and marine invertebrates like shrimps, corals, marine snails, and clams are often imported to New Zealand to keep in aquariums. A strict importing process is in place to protect our biodiversity and aquatic life.

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Importer responsibilities

The increasing volume of trade and travel is placing extra pressure on our biosecurity systems. New pests and diseases can affect human health and damage New Zealand's agriculture or horticultural production, forestry, and tourism, making it more difficult to trade in international markets. Importers are among the most important people in defending against biosecurity risks.

Who to contact

If you have questions about importing aquatic animals, email