That is unfortunately how it is yes. We have a biodiversity manager at work to whom I spoke to about the possibility of obtaining permits for indigenous species. It is possible to get these, but you need to supply proof that you only intend to keep the species in question, and also ONLY this species in a tank. If you want to keep different species same rule applies. Every species you intend to keep has the same procedure to follow. You do not get awarded a permit like a fishing permit where you will be able to keep any indigenous species as you like. There is a way. But it takes long and a lot of letters. And another thing he mentioned is if you get off on the wrong start with them your chances are pretty much shot from the start. According to him they are a friendly bunch, but you need to have your story straight. which is understandable seeing that they need to enforce the Act to avoid any possible threats.