You can report suspected aquatic pests or diseases through one of the following:
For more information please contact the Aquatic Biosecurity team (02 4982 1232) or your local NSW DPI Fisheries office and ask to speak to a Fisheries Officer.
Early detection of aquatic pests is critical. Once a pest species has established in an area, it is very difficult, if not impossible to eradicate.
For more information on aquatic pest species including information to help identify see:
For information on freshwater weeds see DPI Weeds.
Unusual disease signs, or unexplained deaths in cultured or wild fish, should be reported immediately to NSW DPI, and the presence or suspected presence of a declared disease must by law be reported to a Fisheries Officer.
To report a suspected aquatic animal disease:
For Aquaculture farms experiencing possible disease outbreaks please also see Disease management in aquaculture for detailed information on reporting.
A fish kill is "a sudden and unexpected mass mortality of wild or cultured fish". Fish kills can be very visible events that attract a lot of attention, often because they are perceived to be the result of pollution or contamination of the water. In fact, there are many causes of fish kills and they are often the result of natural events.
Fish kills in the wild should be reported to NSW DPI Fisheries Officers by phoning Fishers Watch Phoneline 1800 043 536
For more information, see Fish Kills in NSW.