Noxious fish

A noxious fish is one that has been declared as harmful under Queensland law because it is, or may become, a serious pest to native aquatic communities. Noxious fish have characteristics that are detrimental to other fish, aquatic habitats or humans.

Noxious fish cannot be kept, hatched, reared or sold, or taken home for eating or any other purpose. Penalties up to $220,000 apply.

  • Carp Etch Carp

    Species identification information for carp including distribution, habitat, diet, reproduction, and environmental impacts.

  • Climbing perch: declared noxious fish Climbing perch

    Species identification information for the climbing perch

  • Gambusia or Mosquitofish: Declared noxious fish Gambusia or mosquitofish

    Species identification information for the gambusia or mosquitofish

  • Oriental weatherloach: Declared noxious fish Oriental weatherloach

    Species identification information for the Chinese weatherfish or weatherloach

  • Tilapia Mozambique mouthbrooder: declared noxious fish Tilapia

    Species identification information for tilapia including distribution, habitat, diet, reproduction, and environmental impacts.

The Queensland Government currently has 132 fish species declared as noxious by the Fisheries Regulation 2008. People must not possess noxious fish or keep, hatch, rear, sell or consign them. Noxious fish must not be released into Queensland waters or be used as bait, either dead or alive. After they are caught, all noxious fish must immediately be killed humanely and must not be returned to the water.

Current declared noxious fish species

Fisheries Act - Schedule 6 - current Jan 2014
Common name Scientific name
aba aba Gymnarchus niloticus
Adriatic sturgeon Acipenser naccarii
African butter catfish Schilbe mystus
African lungfish Protopterus annectens
African pike Hepsetus odoe
African pike-characin, tubenose poacher, fin eater fish of the subfamily Ichthyborinae
American gar, alligator gar, armoured gar Lepisosteus spp. and Atractosteus spp.
Alfaro huberi Alfaro huberi
Amur sturgeon Acipenser schrenckii
angler catfish Chaca bankanensis
angler, catfish, frogmouth catfish, squarehead catfish Chaca chaca
Atlantic sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus
Baikal sturgeon Acipenser baerii baicalensis
banded jewelfish Hemichromis fasciatus
banded sunfish, spotted sunfish family Centrachidae
barred tail pearlfish Leptolebias minimus
beluga Huso huso
bighead carp Aristichthys nobilis
bigmouth sleeper Gobiomorus dormitor
blackchin tilapia Sarotherodon melanotheron melanotheran
bluegill Lepomis spp.
bottlenose, cornish jack Mormyrops anguilloides
bowfin Amia calva
brook stickleback Culaea inconstans
burmensis frogmouth catfish Chaca burmensis
candiru catfish, parasitic catfish, pencil catfish family Trichomycteridae
carp Cyprinus carpio
catla Catla catla
chameleon goby, striped goby Tridentiger trigonocephalus
channel catfish Ictalurus punctatus
Chinese sturgeon Acipenser sinensis
Chinese swordfish Psephurus gladius
Chinese weatherfish, weatherloach Misgurnus anguillicaudatus
climbing perch Anabas testudineus
copper mahseer Neolissochilus hexagonolepis
discus ray Paratrygon aiereba
electric catfish Malapterurus spp.
electric eel Electrophorus electricus
European catfish, wels catfish Silurus spp.
European sturgeon Acipenser sturio
fat sleeper Dormitator maculatus
flatnose catfish, dwarf giraffe catfish Anaspidoglanis macrostomus
forktail lates Lates microlepis
fourspine stickleback Apeltes quadracus
freshwater minnow Zacco platypus
fringebarbel sturgeon Acipenser nudiventris
gambusia, mosquito fish Gambusia spp.
giant barb Catlocarpio siamensis
giant bully Gobiomorphus gobioides
giant cichlid Boulengerochromis microlepis
gilled lungfish Protopterus amphibius
grass carp Ctenopharyngodon idella
green sturgeon Acipenser medirostris
Gulf sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus destotoi
Hypseleotris tohizonae Hypseleotris tohizonae
Japanese sturgeon Acipenser multiscutatus
knife-edged livebearer Alfaro cultratus
lake sturgeon Acipenser fulvescens
largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides
Leptolebias aureoguttatus Leptolebias aureoguttatus
marbled lungfish Protopterus aethiopicus
marbled pearlfish Leptolebias marmoratus
marble goby Oxyeleotris marmorata
Mekong giant catfish Pangasianodon gigas
Mississippi paddlefish Polyodon spathula
mrigal Cirrhinus cirrhosus
Nile perch Lates niloticus
ninespine stickleback Pungitius pungitius
opal pearlfish Leptolebias opalescens
orange-fin labeo Labeo calbasu
Oxyeleotris siamensis Oxyeleotris siamensis
Oxyeleotris urophthalmoides Oxyeleotris urophthalmoides
Oxyeleotris urophthalmus Oxyeleotris urophthalmus
Pacific sleeper Gobiomorus maculatus
Pacific fat sleeper Dormitator latifrons
Pangasius conchophilus Pangasius conchophilus
Pangasius elongatus Pangasius elongatus
Pangasius krempfi Pangasius krempfi
Pangasius kunyit Pangasius kunyit
Pangasius macronema Pangasius macronema
Pangasius nasutus Pangasius nasutus
Pangasius nieuwenhuisii Pangasius nieuwenhuisii
Persian sturgeon Acipenser persicus
pike characin Acestrorhynchus microlepis
pike cichlid Crenicichla spp.
pike minnow, pike killifish Belonesox belizanus
pikes Esox spp.
pink, slender, greenwoods, mortimers, cunean and green happy Sargochromis spp.
piranhas, pacus fish of the subfamily Serrasalminae, other than Metynnis spp. and Myleus rubripinnis
purpleface largemouth Serranochromis spp.
pygmy sunfish Elassoma spp.
redfin bully Gobiomorphus huttoni
red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii
reedfish Erpetoichthys calabaricus
ripsaw catfish, black doras, black shielded catfish Oxydoras spp.
river carp, deccan, high backed, jungha, putitor, Thai mahseer Tor spp.
rohu Labeo rohita
Russian sturgeon Acipenser gueldenstaedtii
Sakhalin sturgeon Acipenser mikadoi
Sentani gudgeon Oxyeleotris heterodon
shiners Notropis spp.
shortnosed gar Lepisosteus platostomus
shortnose sturgeon Acipenser brevirostrum
shoulderspot catfish Schilbe marmoratus
Siberian sturgeon Acipenser baerii baerii
silver carp Hypophthalmichthys molitrix
silver catfish Schilbe intermedius
slender lungfish Protopterus dolloi
snakehead Channa spp.
snooks Centropomus spp.
South American lungfish Lepidosiren paradoxa
Southern redbelly dace Phoxinus erythrogaster
spot pangasius Pangasius larnaudii
starry sturgeon Acipenser stellatus
sterlet Acipenser ruthenus
stinging catfish Heteropneustes fossilis
tiger catfish Pseudoplatystoma fasciatum
tigerfish (African), pike characin Hydrocynus spp., subfamilies Hydrocyninae and Alestinae
tigerfish (South American) or trahira Erythrinus, Hoplerythrinus and Hoplias spp.
tilapia Tilapia spp, Oreochromis spp and Sarotherodon spp.
Tomeurus gracilis Tomeurus gracilis
tropical carp-gudgeon Hypseleotris cyprinoides
twospot lebiasina Lebiasina bimaculata
twospot livebearer Heterandria bimaculata
Ubangi shovelnose catfish Bagrus ubangensis
Valencia toothcarp Valencia hispanica
walking catfish, airbreathing catfish family Clariidae
white sturgeon Acipenser transmontanus
Yangtze sturgeon Acipenser dabryanus
yellowbelly gudgeon Allomogurnda nesolepis
yellowfin goby Acanthogobius flavimanus
yellowtailed catfish Pangasius pangasius

Further information

Last updated 11 November 2011