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Seizure and removal of noxious aquatic species

    (1)     An authorised officer may at any time and at any place in Victoria seize and remove any noxious aquatic species from any protected waters.

S. 85(2) amended by No. 5/1997
s. 50(1)(l).

    (2)     An authorised officer may by written notice served on any person require that person to take specified measures to destroy any noxious aquatic species in the possession of that person and to produce evidence of that destruction within a specified period.

S. 85(3) amended by No. 68/2016 s. 95(1).

    (3)     If a person fails to comply with a notice served on that person under subsection (2), the Victorian Fisheries Authority may recover any costs or expenses reasonably incurred by an authorised officer in carrying out the measures specified in the notice as a debt due to the Victorian Fisheries Authority in any court of competent jurisdiction.

S. 85(4) amended by No. 68/2016 s. 95(2).

    (4)     If the Victorian Fisheries Authority is satisfied that—

        (a)     a noxious aquatic species exists in any protected waters; and

        (b)     it is not practicable for that species to be seized and removed—

the Victorian Fisheries Authority may order in writing that the species be destroyed even though other fish or aquatic species may also be destroyed.

    (5)     An order under subsection (4) may—

        (a)     specify the method, equipment, chemicals or poison to be used in the destruction of the noxious aquatic species; and

        (b)     specify any person authorised to carry out the destruction.

S. 86 amended by No. 68/2016 s. 96.

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