At the start of the month, tough new quarantine laws came into effect that would directly impact the import of wild bettas into Australia. At this point I'm concerned that the importation of wild bettas in small numbers will be so prohibitively expensive, it will become all but impossible for the average hobbyist. Wild bettas have always had a limited market in this country, and even through the larger wholesalers, their import has been rather sporadic.
It seems transhipping through the main transhipper here in Australia has ceased, which is further grim news, and I suppose now it is just a waiting game to see what's going to happen next. I think it will be a great tragedy if this heralds the end of wild betta imports into the country - or at least those undertaken by hobbyists and not wholesalers.
Hailing from Melbourne, Australia, I currently keep and breed a number of species from the coccina complex.