A Sunshine Coast fish breeder has been fined $2617 for a number of offences.
A Sunshine Coast fish breeder has been fined $2617 for a number of offences.

Clarifying illegal fish breeding: What is tilapia?

THE Queensland Government has a very strong stance on the illegal owning of tilapia. 

This fish is declared noxious in Queensland and it is unlawful to possess noxious fish alive or dead or to use them as bait.

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It is illegal to place or release noxious fish alive or dead into Queensland waterways.

Those found guilty can be fined up to $200,000. 

There are two species of tilapia in Queensland- the Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) and the spotted tilapia (Tilapia mariae)

  • O. mossambicus can grow to more than 36 cm and can live up to 13 years. They are usually dark grey or almost black but can be silver with 2-5 dark blotches/spots on the side. Breeding males can have red tips on their fins
  • T. mariae range from dark olive-green to light yellow and they have 8 or 9 dark bars or blotches on the sides (more evident in younger fish). They can grow to 30 cm

Source: Department of Agriculture and Fisheries


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