I love kippers, especially poached in milk and butter for breakfast.
BUT because I choose to live in Tasmania I could no longer buy them……. Why? Legislation has banned the import of kippers in order to “protect our salmon industry” !!!!!
As of the 9th September 2015 we have been informed by the Biosecurity section of The Department of Agriculture that Kippers AND Rollmops are now allowed !!!!!!!
If you are a kipper lover or have not ever tried them (you should) then you may like to ask our Department of Primary Industries what reason they had to deprive Tasmanian’s of an imported delicacy. The reason will be “To protect our salmon industry”.
We all like to protect our local industries but in my opinion this was a step too far. Why not stop imports to Tasmania of beer, wine, cheese, and anything else that we produce here.
By the way until 9th September 2015 kippers, rollmops etc were allowed in every other state in Australia.. Just not into Tasmania.
Kippers come to us mainly from Scotland whole or filleted. (I like the fillets… less bones). They are smoked, vacuum packed, frozen, boxed and shipped to Australia.
How I ask, are these going to pose a threat to our salmon industry. In order to be a risk a person would have to buy some that have a disease (not likely) take them out on their boat to a salmon farm, eat them for breakfast and toss the left over bits over the side. Then in the remotest instance a salmon in a big enclosure might find a piece, eat it and contract a disease. Yeah right, as if !!!!
As an aside the lovers of Rollmops have also been deprived of their adored food. Rollmops were also on the list of prohibited foods. Those people of German or European descent had a good reason to be upset.
So if you love Kippers, then you can now obtain them, just ask your local importer to start bringing them in again. I suggest you call the relevant minister in government and thank him for rethinking this ban and to stop being “over protective” of our local industries.
By the way .. On the list of prohibited imports are: trout, eel, hake, Pacific herring, cod, perch, mullet, flounder, bream, flathead, sardine, shellfish (oysters, clams, mussels, abalone). You may read about it here but is is a lot of reading !!!! Animal Health Act 1995
If you read this you will note on page 5 Schedule 1 that number nine down “Clupea pallisi” (Pacific herring) is still banned but Atlantic herring (Kippers – Rollmops) has been removed from the list. If it is too hard trust me …. it is correct.
But this correspondence just received (8th September 2015) from the department says it all:
Biosecurity Advisory 20/2015 – Import risk assessment for Atlantic herring products
Biosecurity Tasmania has completed an import risk analysis to review the importation restrictions relating to products derived from Atlantic herring.
Restrictions have previously been in place because of concern about the introduction of viral haemorrhagic septicaemia (VHS), a disease of salmonid fish and particularly of freshwater rainbow trout. VHS has the potential to threaten Tasmania’s salmon growing industry and recreational fishing industry.
The review involved assessment of a number of recently published scientific papers. This research was published after the original risk analysis of non-viable salmonids and non-salmonid marine fish was completed in February 2000.
The Tasmanian Salmonid Growers Association and the Inland Fisheries Service were consulted about the finding of the risk assessment and agreed with its findings.
Based on this scientific assessment it has been determined that products made from Atlantic herring that are imported for human consumption pose a very low risk and meet Tasmania’s Appropriate Level of Protection.
Based on this finding the ban on importation of Atlantic herring products has been removed which means that kippers, rollmops and other pickled herring products may now be brought into Tasmania.
Atlantic herring products are now subject to the less stringent import requirements which apply to all fish products and are outlined in section 5 of the General authority in respect of the importation of non-viable fish and of restricted fish material 2004. A copy of this document is posted on the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment website at:
Importers should note that Pacific herring (Clupea pallasii) remains a restricted fish and is not included in these changes to import regulations.
These changes came into effect on 9 September 2015.
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