Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

The following species are illegal to buy, sell, transport, or possess w/o a permit (issued for limited educational or scientific purposes):

(i) Silver carp (Hypophthalmicthys molitrix)

(ii) Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)

(iii) Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)

(iv) Snakehead fish of the genera Channa and Parachanna (or the generic synonyms of Bostrychoides, Opicephalus, Ophiocephalus, and Parophiocephalus) of the Family Channidae, including but not limited to:

(a) Channa amphibius (Chel or Borna snakehead)

(b ) Channa argus (Northern or Amur snakehead)

(c ) Channa asiatica (Chinese or Northern Green snakehead)

(d) Channa aurantimaculata

(e) Channa bankanensis (Bangka snakehead)

(f) Channa baramensis (Baram snakehead)

(g) Channa barca (barca or tiger snakehead)

(h) Channa bleheri (rainbow or jewel snakehead)

(i) Channa cyanospilos (bluespotted snakehead)

(j) Channa gachua (dwarf, gaucha, or frog snakehead)

(k) Channa harcourtbutleri (Inle snakehead)

(l) Channa lucius (shiny or splendid snakehead)

(m) Channa maculata (blotched snakehead)

(n) Channa marulius (bullseye, murrel, Indian, great, or cobra snakehead)

(o) Channa maruloides (emperor snakehead)

(p) Channa melanoptera

(q) Channa melasoma (black snakehead)

(r ) Channa micropeltes (giant, red or redline snakehead)

(s) Channa nox

(t) Channa orientalis (Ceylon of Ceylonese Green snakehead)

(u) Channa panaw

(v) Channa pleurophthalmus (ocellated, spotted, or eyespot snakehead)

(w) Channa punctata (dotted or spotted snakehead)

(x) Channa stewartii (golden snakehead)

(y) Channa striata (chevron or striped snakehead)

(z) Parachanna africana (Niger or African snakehead)

(aa) Parachanna insignis (Congo, square-spotted African, or light African snakehead)

(bb) Parachanna obscura (dark African, dusky or square-spotted snakehead)

Source: 6 NYCRR Part 180 (New York State Dept. of Environmental Conservation Rules and Regulations). Website link below:

NYC: The sale, purchase, or possession of Potamotrygonidae (FW stingrays), and all species of Piranha is illegal.


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Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

Possession of Certain Fishes
It is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess or sell any live individuals of:
-“walking catfish” (Clarias batrachus),
-snakehead fish (from the Family Channidae, formerly Ophiocephalidae),
-white amur or “grass carp” (Ctenopharyngodon idella),
-black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus),
-swamp eel (Monopterus albus),
-red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis)
-rudd (Scardinius erythropthalomus),
-round goby (Neogobius melanostomus),
-tubenose goby (Proterorhinus marmoratus),
-ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus),
-Japanese mystery snail (Cipangopaludina japonica),
-Chinese mystery snail (Cipantopaludina chinensis malleata),
-red-rim melania (Melanoides tuberculatus),
-virile crayfish (Orconectes (Gremicambarus) virilis), or
-rusty crayfish (Orconectes (Procericambarus) rusticus),

It is unlawful to take or possess any state or federally designated endangered, threatened,
or species of special concern, including sturgeon from the inland waters of North Carolina.

It is unlawful to possess eels less than 6 inches in length.

It is unlawful to possess, transport or release live alewife or blueback herring in the Little Tennessee River
and the Catawba River, upstream of Lake Rhodhiss, and their tributaries and impoundments.

It is unlawful to stock fish into public fishing waters without a permit from the Wildlife Resources Commission.

Grass carp may not be possessed on Lake James, Lookout Shoals Lake, Lake Norman, Mountain Island,
Gaston and Roanoke Rapids reservoirs, except that 2 fish per day may be taken by bow and arrow.


Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

800:20-1-2. List of restricted exotic species
(a) Until such time as is necessary for the Department of Wildlife Conservation to obtain adequate information for the determination of other harmful or potentially harmful exotic species, the importation into the State and/or the possession of the following exotic fish or their eggs is prohibited:

(1) Walking Catfish: The Walking Catfish, (Clarius batrachus) and other members of the exotic catfish family Claridae, including but not limited to species of the genera Clarias, Heteropneustes, Gymnallables, Channallabes, and Heterobranchus are prohibited. Any live specimens of walking Catfish or other Claridae species within the boundaries of the State of Oklahoma are contraband and subject to seizure by the Department of Wildlife Conservation.

(2) Grass carp: Release of grass carp, also known as white amur or Chinese carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella) or their hybrids into public waters is prohibited in accordance with 29 O.S., Section 6-504. Importation, possession and introduction of grass carp or their hybrids for the purpose of stocking private waters is permitted.

(3) Boney-tongue group: Osteoglossum spp., and Arapaima spp.

(4) Piranha group: Serrasalmus spp., Pygocentrus spp., Rooseveltiella spp., Catoprion spp., Hydrocynus spp., and Salminus spp.

(5) Electric Eel (Electrophorus electricus).

(6) Electric catfish (Malapterus electricus).

(7) Gar-pike topminnow (Belonesox belizanus).

(8) Snakehead groups: Opicephalus spp., and Channa spp.

(9) Pavon or Peacock Bass (Chichla temensis and Chichia ocellaris).

(10) Parasitic South American Catfish group (Candiru), genera & species of the Trichomycteridae family. Vandellia spp., Tridens spp., and Pyqidium spp.

(11) Freshwater Stingray group: Paratrygon spp., Potomotrygon spp., and Disceus spp.

(12) Houri (from South America): Macrodon spp., and Hoplias spp.

(13) Rudd and rudd hybrids (Scardinius spp.).

(B ) The following species shall be permitted by application and written letter of authorization from the Department of Wildlife Conservation for research purpose only:

(1) Bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix).

(2) Silver carp (Aristichthys nobilis).

(3) Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus).

(4) Alewives (Aloso pseudoharengus).

(5) Rainbow smelt (Osmerus mordax).

(C ) Tilapia:

(1) The sale and use of all Tilapia species as bait is prohibited.

(2) The stocking of all Tilapia species in any heated-water reservoir including Sooner, Konawa and Boomer Reservoirs is prohibited.

(3) This shall not interfere with the sale of dead and/or processed Tilapia for human food or the sale or transport of Tilapia species for the purpose of aquatic vegetation control in privately owned ponds.

[Source: Amended at 8 Ok Reg 2005, eff 5-13-91]

800:20-3-2. List of declared noxious aquatic plant species

( a ) Pursuant to 29 O. S., Section 6-601, the following plants, seeds or plant parts are hereby declared to be noxious:

(1) Azolla pinnata - Mosquito Fern (aka - Water Velvet, Water Fern)
(2) Caulerpa taxifolia - Caulerpa (aka - Mediterranean Clone of Caulerpa)
(3) Eichhornia azure - Anchored Water Hyacinth (aka - Rooted Water Hyacinth, Blue Water Hyacinth, Saw-petal Water Hyacinth)
(4) Hydrilla verticillata - Hydrilla (aka - Florida Elodea, Star Vine, Oxygen Plant, Oxygen Weed)
(5) Hygrophila polysperma - Hygro (aka - Miramar Weed, Green Hygro, Oriental Ludwigia, East Indian Hygrophila)
(6) Ipomoea aquatica - Water Spinach (aka - Swamp Morning Glory, Chinese Water Spinach, Water Bindweed, Aquatic Morning Glory)
(7) Lagarosiphon major - African Elodea (aka - Oxygen Weed)
(8) Limnophila species - Ambulia (aka - Asian Marshweed, Limno, Red Ambulia, Indian Ambulia)
(9) Lythrum salicaria - Purple Loosestrife (aka - Loosestrife)
(10) Marsilea quadrifolia - Marsilea (aka - European Waterclover, Four-leaf Clover Fern, Water Fern, Water Clover, Hairy Pepperwort)
(11) Marsilea mutica - Australian Waterclover (aka - Varigated Water-clover, Nardoo)
(12) Marsilea minuta - Waterclover
(13) Melaleuca quinquenervia - Paperbark Tree (aka - Melaleuca, Cajeput, Punk)
(14) Monochoria hastata - Cat's Claw (aka - Monochoria)
(15) Ottellia alismoides - Duck Lettuce
(16) Sagittaria sagittifolia - Japanese Arrowhead (aka - Hawaiian Arrowhead, Common Arrowhead, Chinese Arrowhead)
(17) Salvinia auriculata - Giant Salvinia (aka - Butterfly Fern, Water Fern, Water Moss)
(18) Salvinia biloba - Giant Salvinia (aka - Salvinia)
(19) Salvinia herzogii - Giant Salvinia (aka - Salvinia)
(20) Salvinia molesta - Giant Salvinia (aka - Salvinia, Water Velvet, Karibaweed, Koi Kandy)
(21) Solanum tampicense - Wetland Nightshade
(22) Sparganium erectum - Exotic Bur-reed
(23) Glossostigma diandrum - Mud Mat

( b ) The following species are classified as "Species to Watch" and are not currently listed as noxious aquatic plants. However, they are aquatic plants whose impact on the Oklahoma environment is presently unknown, and therefore, may be considered for inclusion on the noxious aquatic plant list (above) as additional information becomes available to, and as deemed necessary by, the Department of Wildlife Conservation:
(1) Alternanthera philoxeroides - Alligator Weed (aka - Alligator-weed, Chaff Flower)
(2) Colocasia esculenta - Wild Taro (aka - Green Taro, Elephant Ear, Taro, Dasheen)
(3) Egeria densa - Brazilian Waterweed (aka - Common Waterweed, Brazilian Elodea, Anacharis, Oxygen Weed, Elodea)
(4) Eichhornia crassipes - Floating Water Hyacinth (aka - Water-hyacinth)
(5) Hydrocleys nymphoides - Water-poppy (aka - Hydrocleys, Hydrocleis)
(6) Iris pseudacorus - Yellow Iris (aka - Yellow Flag, Yellow Flag Iris)
(7) Ludwigia hexapetala - Uruguay Seedbox (aka - Water Primrose)
(8) Myriophyllum spicatum - Eurasian Watermilfoil (aka - European Watermilfoil, Watermilfoil, Fox Tail)
(9) Myriophyllum aquaticum - Parrotfeather (aka - Parrot's Feather, Watermilfoil, Golden Myriophyllum)
(10) Najas minor - Brittle Naiad (aka - Slender Naiad, Spiny leaf Naiad)
(11) Nymphoides peltata - Yellow Floating Heart (aka - Floating Heart)
(12) Panicum repens - Torpedo Grass (aka - Torpedograss)
(13) Pistia stratiotes - Water Lettuce
(14) Salvinia minima - Common Salvinia (aka - Water Spangles, Water Fern, Floating Fern, Salvinia, South American Pond Fern)
(15) Spirodela punctata - Dotted Duckweed (aka - Punctate Duckweed, Spotted Duckweed, Giant Duckweed)
(16) Trapa natans - Water Chestnut (aka - European Water Chestnut)

[Source: Added at 18 Ok Reg 2918, eff 7-1-01; Amended at 18 Ok Reg 2998, eff 7-2-01 (emergency); Amended at 19 Ok Reg 1525, eff 7-1-02]

Link to Oklahoma Administrative Code Title 800 - Department of Wildlife Conservation


Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

Live specimens of the following fish species may not be imported, possessed, sold, purchased, exhanged, or transported in the state:

(A) Order Amiiformes
Bowfin - Amiidae - Amia calva.
(B ) Order Cypriniformes
(i) Piranha or Caribe - Characidae subfamily Serrasalminae - All species and hybrids except Serrasalmus, Pygocentrus and Pristobrycon pursuant to ORS 498.242 and OAR 635-011-0160(2);
(ii) Walking catfish (ORS 498.242) - Clariidae - All species and hybrids;
(iii) Oriental weatherfish - Cobitidae - Misgurnus anguillicaudatus;
(iv) Ide - Cyprinidae - Leuciscus idus;
(v) Rudd - Cyprinidae - Scardinius erythropthalmus.
(C ) Order Lepisosteiformes
Gar - Lepisosteidae - All species and hybrids.
(D) Order Perciformes
(i) Snakehead - Channidae - Channa All species and hybrids;
(ii) Round Goby - Gobiidae - Neogobius melanostemus;
(iii) Ruffe - Percidae - Gymnocephalus cernuus;
(iv) Zander or Pike-perch - Percidae - Stizostedion lucioperca.
(E) Order Salmoniformes
Pikes, Pickerel - Esocidae - All species and hybrids.

Source: Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife regulations, Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR) 635-056-0050 (Prohibited Species), subd. c.



Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

STOP Aquatic Nuisance Species

It is UNLAWFUL to possess, to introduce or import, transport, sell, purchase, offer for sale or barter the following live species in the Commonwealth: Snakehead (all species), Black Carp, Bighead Carp, Silver Carp, Zebra Mussel, Quagga Mussel, Round Goby and Tubenose Goby.

Aquatic nuisance species (ANS) are aquatic animals and plants that have been introduced into waterways in which they do not live naturally. They have harmful effects on the natural resources in these ecosystems and the human uses of these resources. Some other least-wanted ANS in Pennsylvania are European ruffe, sea lamprey, hydrilla, spiny water flea, purple loosestrife, Eurasian watermilfoil, Asian clam, and red-eared slider (turtle), Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus).

People are often the cause of ANS moving from one place to another. Help prevent the spread of ANS by doing the following:

? When retrieving your boat for the day, check your boat, motor and trailer for weeds and other items ?tagging along.?

? Wash your boat?s hull with hot water or with a high-pressure spray.

? Drain livewells, bilges and other compartments.

? Drain all standing water from the boat.

? Don?t dump leftover bait into the water you?re fishing, unless you collected the bait there.

Pennsylvania has laws for the propagation, stocking, transportation and importing of fish. See Chapter 71 of the Fish and Boat Code.

Bad, Bad news concerning ALL crayfish species:

Order Adopting Amendments
Title 58. Recreation
Part II. Fish and Boat Commission
Chapters 61, 63, 69, 71 and 73
The Fish and Boat Commission (Commission) amends Chapters 61, 63, 69, 71 and 73
(relating to seasons, sizes and creel limits; general fishing regulations; fishing in Lake Erie and
boundary lakes; propagation and introduction of fish into Commonwealth waters; and transportation
of live fish into this Commonwealth). The Commission is publishing this final-form rulemaking
under the authority of 30 Pa. C.S. (relating to the Fish and Boat Code) (code).
A. Effective Date
The final-form rulemaking will go into effect on January 1, 2015.
B. Contact Person
For further information on the final-form rulemaking, contact Laurie E. Shepler, Esq., P.O.
Box 67000, Harrisburg, PA 17106-7000, (717) 705-7810. This final-form rulemaking is available on
the Commission’s website at
C. Statutory Authority
The amendments to § 61.1 (relating to Commonwealth inland waters), § 61.2 (relating to
Delaware River, West Branch Delaware River and River Estuary), §61.3 (relating to Pymatuning
eservoir), § 61.4 (relating to Conowingo Reservoir), § 63.46 (relating to sale, purchase or barter of
injurious, nonnative species), § 69.12 (relating to the seasons, sizes and creel limits – Lake Erie, Lake
Erie tributaries and Presque Isle Bay including peninsula waters), §71.6 (relating to prohibited acts)
and § 73.1 (relating to transportation) are published under the statutory authority of section 2102 of
the code (relating to rules and regulations).
D. Purpose and Background
The specific purpose and background of the amendments are described in more detail under
the summary of changes.
E. Summary of Changes
Crayfish are one of the most conspicuous and ecologically important components of aquatic
communities in this Commonwealth and across the globe. They are an important forage item for
fishes, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and facilitate the transfer of nutrients up through the
food chain to higher trophic levels. About half of North America’s crayfish fauna is imperiled, and
native crayfishes across the continent and in this Commonwealth are rapidly being replaced by
introduced (exotic) crayfishes.
The replacement of native crayfish by introduced crayfish represents a significant threat to
aquatic communities. Introduced crayfish attain densities that are exceedingly high (sometimes in
excess of 200 individuals/m2), often eliminate aquatic macrophytes and suppress benthic invertebrate
communities. They can have strong negative effects on amphibians, mussels and fishes.
Stopping the spread of introduced crayfish is difficult once they become widespread. Since
the distributions of most introduced crayfishes in this Commonwealth are still limited, there is still
time to stop the spread of exotic crayfishes and preserve the native stocks that remain.
Exotic crayfishes occur in a number of water bodies in this Commonwealth and are available
from bait shops, biological warehouses, pet stores, live food vendors and aquaculture facilities. In
order to help prevent additional introductions of crayfish in this Commonwealth, stringent
regulations and their enforcement is warranted.
The invasive rusty crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) has been tightly regulated in this
Commonwealth since 2005, and live individuals cannot be possessed, sold, transported or cultured
within this Commonwealth.
However, there are five other introduced crayfishes that occur in the
Commonwealth that are currently unregulated. These exotic crayfishes can be purchased from
commercial dealers or collected from invaded water bodies and released legally into the state’s
waters with potentially devastating effects on native communities. Additionally, although the
invasive red swamp crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) cannot be propagated in flow-through systems or
introduced into Commonwealth waters, the species can be possessed, sold, and transported legally
within this Commonwealth.
Extending the Orconectes rusticus ban to other exotic crayfish species would be impossible
to enforce because most natural resource managers and conservation officers have difficulty
identifying crayfish species. For this reason, the Commission restricted the sale, possession,
introduction, transportation and culture of all live native and nonnative crayfishes in the
Similar restrictions have been passed elsewhere (e.g., Wisconsin and parts of
Maryland and Canada) with broad public support.

With these amendments, licensed anglers will still be allowed to harvest up to 50 crayfish per
day. However, the head must be immediately removed behind the eyes upon capture unless the
crayfish are used as bait in the water from which they were taken. When crayfish are used as bait in
the water from which they were taken, the head does not have to be removed. When crayfish are
transported from the water from which they were collected, the head must be removed behind the
The amendments also restrict the sale of all live native and nonnative crayfishes in the
Commonwealth except when they are sold for testing and scientific purposes or restaurant
consumption, adequate measures have been taken to prevent their escape, and they are accompanied
by documentation stating the point of origin and the destination to which they are to be delivered.
Last, the amendments restrict possession, introduction and transportation of all live native and
nonnative crayfishes except (i) when they are possessed and used as bait on, in or about the water
from which taken or (ii) when they are possessed or imported for testing and scientific purposes or
restaurant consumption, adequate measures have been taken to prevent their escape, and they are
accompanied by documentation stating the point of origin and the destination to which they are to be
delivered. Except when they are used as bait as described above, the introduction of any live crayfish
into Commonwealth waters will be strictly prohibited.
Although propagation is not specifically addressed by this final-form rulemaking,
Commission staff worked with the Department of Agriculture (DOA) and registered propagators to
address issues pertaining to crayfish culture. Section 71.2 of the Commission’s regulations provides
that the Bureau of Fisheries will maintain a list of species by watershed for which DOA may issue
registrations for artificial propagation and registrations for dealers of live aquatic animals. The
section further provides that the Bureau may update or modify the list of authorized species by
adding species to or deleting species from the list as necessary to provide for the protection and
management of fish in this Commonwealth. Therefore, concurrent with this rulemaking, the
Commission will remove all crayfish species from the list of species approved for open-system
propagation and introduction in the Commonwealth
. The culture and propagation of crayfish will
still be permitted in closed systems.
The Commission amends §§61.1 – 61.4, 63.46, 69.12, 71.6 and 73.1 to restrict the sale,
possession, introduction and transportation of all crayfish species in this Commonwealth to read as
set forth in the notice of proposed rulemaking.
. Paperwork
The final-form rulemaking will not increase paperwork and will not create new paperwork
G. Fiscal Impact
The final-form rulemaking will have no adverse fiscal impact on the Commonwealth or its
political subdivisions. The final-form rulemaking will impose no new costs on the private sector or
the general public. Any fiscal impact to the private sector is expected to be nominal. Some
businesses sell crayfish as pets or bait, but the revenue generated is typically a very minor component
of total sales. Other commercial uses include testing and scientific purposes and restaurant
consumption. However, under the amendments, the sale, possession and transportation of live
crayfish is permitted for those purposes when adequate measures have been taken to prevent their
escape and they are accompanied by documentation stating the point of origin and the destination to
which they are to be delivered. Therefore, laboratories, research facilities and restaurants will not be
significantly affected by the changes.
H. Public Involvement
A notice of proposed rulemaking containing the amendments was published at 44 Pa. B. 901
(February 15, 2014). The Commission solicited public comments for a period of 60 days. The
Commission received a total of 30 comments generally supporting the proposal and summarized in a
Comment/Response Document. Copies of all public comments and the Comment/Response Document
were provided to the Commissioners.
he Commission finds that:
(1) Public notice of intention to adopt the amendments adopted by this order has been given
under sections 201 and 202 of the act of July 31, 1968 (P.L. 769, No. 240) (45 P.S. §§1201, 1202) and
the regulations promulgated thereunder, 1 Pa. Code §§ 7.1 and 7.2.
(2) A public comment period was provided, and the public comments that were received
were considered.
(3) The adoption of the amendments of the Commission in the manner provided in this order
is necessary and appropriate for administration and enforcement of the authorizing statutes.
The Commission, acting under the authorizing statutes, orders that:
(A) The regulations of the Commission, 58 Pa. Code Chapters 61, 63, 69, 71 and 73, are
amended by amending §§ 61.1 – 61.4, 63.46, 69.12, 71.6 and 73.1 to read as set forth at 44 Pa. B. 901.
(B) The Executive Director will submit this order and 44 Pa. B. 901 to the Office of
Attorney General for approval as to legality and form as required by law.
(C) The Executive Director shall certify this order and 44 Pa. B. 901 and deposit them with
the Legislative Reference Bureau as required by law.
(D) This order shall take effect on January 1, 2015.
For the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
John A. Arway
Executive Director


List of Fish. All aquarium trade fish may be kept without an exotic animal possession permit except endangered species. The Division of Fish and Wildlife may have additional regulations if the species of fish is considered to be native or nuisance. Possession of the following species requires an exotic animal possession permit:
1. Grass Carp or White Amur (Ctenopharyngdon idella)
2. Piranha (Pygocentrus spp.and Serrasalmus spp.)
3. Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)
4. Walking Catfish (Clarias spp and all members of the family Clariidae)
5. Snakeheads (Channidae and Parachannidae)

Best of luck in obtaining a permit:

1. A permit to import into, receive, or possess in this state animals defined as exotic animals under section 4.7 herein, shall be restricted to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the American Association of Zoological Parks and Aquariums (AAZPA) approved zoos and research institutes or other USDA approved facilities as well as exhibitors and private persons seeking to import or possess an exotic animal for private ownership pursuant to the provisions of sections 4-18-3 and 4-18-6 of the Rhode Island General Law, 1956, as amended herein. Obtaining such permit does not preclude conformance with such other Federal, State, or Local requirements for licensure certification or permit which may be required.

2. No other person shall be allowed to import, receive, or possess any animals defined as exotic animals under section 4.7 herein, other than USDA/AAZPA approved zoos and research institutes, or as well as exhibitors and private persons seeking to import or possess an exotic animal.

3. The Director at his/her discretion may issue an exotic animal possession permit to import, receive, or possess exotic animals as defined in section 5 4.7. An exotic animal possession permit is not required for importation or possession of domestic animals as defined in section 4.3, or for importation or possession of exempt exotic animals as defined in section 4.6 and listed in Rule 7. Persons wishing to obtain a permit to import or possess native wildlife as defined in section 4.13 can do so through the Department, Division of Fish and Wildlife. Application for an exotic animal possession permit must include the following for each species. a) The number, sex, age, and true scientific name and means of permanent individual identification of each individual animal b) The carrier and point of first arrival as well as the location where each animal will be kept within the state. c) The purpose for which the exotic animal will be imported and possessed d) The full name and complete address of the consignee and consignor e) A “health certificate” (certificate of veterinary inspection) issued by a federally accredited veterinarian licensed in the state of origin of the exotic animal. The health certificate is to include the results and dates of any testing that was determined necessary by the Director prior to entry into the state of Rhode Island. The health certificate must be as defined in section 4.10 herein. f) The location of where the animal(s) will be held in quarantine upon entry into the state of Rhode Island. This location and all enclosures must be inspected and approved prior to issuance of an exotic animal possession permit. g) The location of where the animal(s) will be permanently held after release from quarantine. This location and all enclosures must be inspected and approved prior to issuance of an exotic animal possession permit. h) The name and address of the veterinarian currently licensed in Rhode Island who will conduct the tests and examinations specified by the Department. A letter from a veterinarian currently licensed in Rhode Island stating that he/she will conduct any testing or examinations as will be required periodically by the Department i) Except for AAZPA certified facilities, any person desiring to import or possess an exotic animal shall also provide a detailed written description to the Department of the manner in which the animal(s)’ nutritional, housing, and exercise needs will be met. Approval of this document must be made prior to issuance of an exotic animal possession permit. j) Permit fee as specified by Rhode Island General Law 4-18-8 k) Letter from the Department, Division of Fish and Wildlife, endorsed by the Chief of that division or his/her designee stating that the species is neither considered a native species nor a nuisance species as defined in this document.


1. Issuance of exotic animal import permits may be made by the Department upon the following: a) Receipt of written application providing all of the information enumerated in RULE 5 not less than seven (7) days preceding the probable day of shipment of the animal(s). b) Completion of an inspection by the department of the quarantine and final enclosures as enumerated in RULE 5 and approval of those enclosures. c) Payment of the necessary permit fee as required under Rhode Island General Law 4-18-8. d) Determination that possession of the exotic species will not endanger the public health or the health of native wildlife or domestic animals to an extent greater than possession of domestic animals or exempt exotic animals would. e) Approval of the probable point of first entry into the state of Rhode Island f) Receipt and approval by the State Veterinarian of a Health Certificate signed and issued within thirty (30) days of the anticipated arrival of the exotic animal. Such Health Certificate must be issued by a Federally Accredited Veterinarian licensed in the state of origin of the exotic animal(s), be countersigned by the State Veterinarian of the state of origin, and be accompanied by any test records determined to be necessary by the Department. The Health Certificate must state that the animals are free from signs of infectious, contagious, and zoonotic diseases in addition to the specific required tests.

2. The permit may, at the discretion of the Director, list specific conditions that must be met and maintained prior to issuance of an exotic animal possession permit.

3. The exotic animal possession permit is not transferable to another person or location without the expressed written permission to do so from the Director.

4. Any person in possession of an exotic animal possession permit must maintain possession of the animal(s) identified on that permit at the location specified on that permit, and the enclosures that were inspected prior to issuance of that permit.

5. Any modification of the enclosure must be inspected and approved before the permitted animal(s) are allowed to be housed within.

6. Any exotic animal as permitted shall not be used for breeding purposes without prior approval by the Department. If approval is granted, limits may be imposed as to the number of exotic animals allowed per location, enclosure, or person as in

RULE 6 section 2.

7. The possessor of any permitted exotic animal must notify the Department within twenty-four (24) hours of the death of that animal, and immediately upon the escape of that animal. 7

8. The exotic animal and the enclosure are subject to periodic inspection by representatives of the Department during normal business hours and without prior notice.

9. The Director may order immediate examination and testing of any permitted exotic animal(s) upon suspicion that the animal(s) may be harboring a disease that threatens public health or the health of domestic animals or native wildlife. Measures necessary to do so may include but not be limited to quarantine, seizure, euthanasia, and post-mortem examination.

10. Any person bitten, scratched or otherwise injured by an exotic animal must be immediately reported to the Animal Control Officer in the municipality where the animal is housed and to the State Veterinarian.

11. The release into the wild of any animal for which an exotic animal possession permit has been issued is prohibited whether or not such release was intentional or accidental.

12. Any animal imported with an exotic animal possession permit may, at the discretion of the Director, in accordance with RIGL 4-18-11, be required to undergo a period of quarantine. The terms of the quarantine will be established on a case-by-case basis.


Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

SECTION 50-13-1630. Importing, possessing or selling certain fish unlawful; special permits for research; Department shall issue rules and regulations.

(A) A person may not possess, sell, offer for sale, import, bring, or cause to be brought or imported into this State or release into the waters of this State the following fish or eggs of the fish:

(1) carnero or candiru catfish (Vandellia cirrhosa);

(2) freshwater electric eel (Electrophorus electricus);

(3) white amur or grass carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella);

(4) walking catfish or a member of the clariidae family (Clarias, Heteropneustea, Gymnallabes, Channallabes, or Heterobranchus genera);

(5) piranha (all members of Serrasalmus, Rooseveltiella, and Pygocentrus genera);

(6) stickleback;

(7) Mexican banded tetra;

(8) sea lamprey;

(9) rudd (Scardinius erythrophtalmu-Linneaus); and

(10) snakehead (all members of family Channidae).

(B) The department may issue special import permits to qualified persons for research and education only.

(C) The department may issue special permits for the stocking of nonreproducing white amur or grass carp hybrids in the waters of this State.

(D) It is unlawful to take grass carp from waters stocked as permitted by this section. Grass carp caught must be returned to the water from which it was taken immediately.

(E) The department must prescribe the qualifications, methods, controls, and restrictions required of a person or his agent to whom a special permit is issued. The department must condition all permits issued under this section to safeguard public safety and welfare and prevent the introduction into the wild or release of nonnative species of fish or other organisms into the waters of this State. The department may promulgate regulations necessary to effectuate this section and specifically to prohibit additional species of fish from being imported, possessed, or sold in this State when the department determines the species of fish are potentially dangerous.


Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005
Currently the only species of fish prohibited in South Dakota is snakehead fish.
Permission is required to import or stock public waters with fish species
non-native to South Dakota . Permission to import any fish except fathead
minnows, creek chubs, white suckers, or golden shiners, is required.

Having said that, South Dakota does not regulate sale and possession of aquarium
fish. If aquarium fish are released into waters of the state they then would be

TN Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan:

Appendix E. Animals Prohibited in Tennessee
In Tennessee, it is unlawful to possess or transport live specimens of the following animals:
Bighead carp (Aristichthys nobilis)
Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)
Blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis)
New Zealand mud snail (Potamopyrgus antiposdarum)
Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus)
Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus)
Ruffe (Gumnocephalus cernua)
Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
Snakeheads (all members of the Family Channidae)
Swamp eels (all members of the Family Synbranchidae)


Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

In order to manage and conserve our natural resources, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department must protect our state waters against the introduction of non-native aquatic species. Fish, shellfish, and aquatic plants that are not native to Texas may compete with native animals and plants for food and space.

The organisms listed on this page are legally classified as exotic, harmful, or potentially harmful. No person may import, possess, sell, or place them into water of this state except as authorized by rule or permit issued by the department. For more information, contact Joedy Gray, (512) 389-8037.

Fish | Shellfish | Fish
Lampreys, Family Petromyzontidae
All species except Ichthyomyzon castaneus and I. gagei
Freshwater Stingrays, Family Potamotrygonidae
All species
Arapaima, Family Osteoglossidae
Arapaima gigas
South American Pike Characoids, Family Characidae
All species of genus Acestrorhyncus
African Tiger Fishes, Family, Subfamily Alestiidae: Hydrocyninae
All species of genus Hydrocynus
Piranhas and Pirambebas, Family Serrasalmideae, Subfamily Serrasalminae
All species except pacus of the genus Piaractus
Payara and other wolf or vampire tetras, Family Characidae, Subfamily Rhaphiodontinae
All species of genera Hydrolycus and Rhaphiodon, including Cynodon
Dourados, Family Characidae, Subfamily Bryconinae
All species of genus Salminus
South American Tiger Fishes, Family Erythrinidae
All species
South American Pike Characoids, Family Ctenolucidae
All species of genera Ctenolucius and Boulengerella, including Luciocharax and Hydrocinus
African Pike Characoids, Families Hepsetidae and Ichthyboridae
All species
Electric Eels, Family Electrophoridae
Electrophorus electricus
Carps and Minnows, Family Cyprinidae
All species and hybrids of species of genera:
Aspius, Pseudoaspius, Aspiolucius (Asps);
Abramis, Blicca, Megalobrama, Parabramis (Old World Breams);
Hypophthalmichthys or Aristichthys (Bighead Carp);
Mylopharyngodon (Black Carp);
Ctenopharyngodon (Grass Carp);
Cirrhinus (Mud Carp);
Thynnichthys (Sandkhol Carp);
Hypophthalmichthys (Silver Carp);
Catla (Catla);
Leuciscus (Old World Chubs, Ide, Orfe, Daces);
Tor, including the species Barbus hexiglonolepsis (Giant Barbs and Mahseers);
Rutilus (Roaches);
Scardinius (Rudds);
Elopichthys (Yellowcheek);
Catlocarpio (Giant Siamese Carp);
All species of the genus Labeo (Labeos) except Labeo chrysophekadion (Black SharkMinnow)
Walking Catfishes, Family Clariidae
All species
Electric Catfishes, Family Malapteruridae
All species
South American Parasitic Candiru Catfishes, Subfamilies Stegophilinae and Vandelliinae
All species
Pike Killifish, Family Poeciliidae
Belonesox belizanus
Marine Stonefishes, Family Synanceiidae
All species
Tilapia, Family Cichlidae
All species of genera Tilapia, Oreochromis and Saratherodon
Asian Pikeheads, Family Luciocephalidae
All species
Snakeheads, Family Channidae
All species
Old World Pike-Perches, Family Percidae
All species of the genus Sander except Sander vitreum
Nile Perch, Family Centropomidae (also called Latidae)
All species of genera Lates and Luciolates
Seatrouts and Corvinas, Family Sciaenidae
All species of genus Cynoscion except Cynoscion nebulosus, C. nothus, and C. arenarius
Whale Catfishes, Family Cetopsidae
All species
Ruffe, Family Percidae
All species of genus Gymnocephalus
Air sac Catfishes, Family Heteropneustidae
All species
Swamp Eels, Rice Eels or One-Gilled Eel, Family Synbranchidae
All species
Freshwater Eels, Family Anguilliidae
All species except Anguilla rostrata
Round Gobies, Family Gobiidae
All species of genus Neogobius, including N. melanostoma
Temperate Basses, Family Moronidae
All species except for Morone saxatilis, M. chrysops and M. mississippiensis and hybrids between these three species
Temperate Perches, Family Percichthyidae
All species, including species of the genus Siniperca (Chinese perches)
Crayfishes, Family Parastacidae
All species
Mittencrabs, Family Grapsidae
All species of genus Eriocheir
Applesnails and Giant Ram's-horn Snails
All genera and species of the Family Ampullariidae (previously called Pilidae) including Pomacea and Marisa, except spiketop applesnail (Pomacea bridgesii)
Zebra Mussels, Family Dreissenidae
All species of genus Dreissena
Penaeid Shrimp, Family Penaeidae
All species of genera Penaeus, Litopenaeus, Farfantepenaeus, Fenneropenaeus, Marsupenaeus, and Melicertus (all previously considered Penaeus) except L. setiferus, Far. aztecus and Far. duorarum
Oysters, Family Ostreidae
All species except Crassostrea virginica and Ostrea equestris
Link to Texas Parks and Wildlife Prohibited Aquatic Species


Staff member
MFK Member
Apr 27, 2005

From the Utah Department of Natural Resources regulations:

(1) All species of fish listed in Subsections (2) through (30) are classified as prohibited for collection, importation and possession, except:

a- Koi, Cyprinidae Family (Cyprinus carpio) is prohibited for collection, and noncontrolled for importation and possession;

b- all species and subspecies of ornamental fish not listed in Subsections (2) through (30) are classified as prohibited for collection, and noncontrolled for importation and possession; and

c- all species and subspecies of non-ornamental fish not listed in Subsections (2) through (30) are classified as prohibited for collection, and controlled for importation and possession.

(2) Carp, including hybrids, Cyprinidae Family, (All species, except Koi).

(3) Catfish:

a- Flathead catfish, Ictaluridae Family (Pylodictus olivaris);

b- Giant walking catfish (airsac), Heteropneustidae Family (All species);

c- Labyrinth catfish (walking), Clariidae Family (All species); and

d- Parasitic catfish (candiru, carnero) Trichomycteridae Family (All species).

(4) Herring:

a- Alewife, Clupeidae Family (Alosa pseudoharengus); and

b- Gizzard shad, Clupeidae Family (Dorosoma cepedianum).

(5) Killifish, Fundulidae Family (All species).

(6) Pike killifish, Poeciliidae Family (Belonesox belizanus).

(7) Minnows:

a- Bonytail, Cyprinidae Family (Gila elegans);

b- Colorado pikeminnow, Cyprinidae Family (Ptychocheilus lucius);

c- Creek chub, Cyprinidae Family (Semotilus atromaculatus);

d- Humpback chub, Cyprinidae Family (Gila cypha);

e- Least chub, Cyprinidae Family (Iotichthys phlegethontis);

f- Leatherside chub, Cyprinidae Family (Gila copei);

g- Red shiner, Cyprinidae Family (Cyprinella lutrensis);

h- Redside shiner, Cyprinidae Family (Richardsonius balteatus);

i- Roundtail chub, Cyprinidae Family (Gila robusta);

j- Sand shiner, Cyprinidae Family (Notropis stramineus);

k- Utah chub, Cyprinidae Family (Gila atraria);

l- Virgin River chub, Cyprinidae (Gila seminuda); and

m- Virgin spinedace, Cyprinidae Family (Lepidomeda mollispinis).

(8) Woundfin, Cyprinidae Family (Plagopterus argentissimus).

(9) Suckers:

a- Bluehead sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Catostomus discobolus);

b-Desert sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Catostomus clarki);

c- Flannelmouth sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Catostomus latipinnis);

d- June sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Chasmistes liorus);

e- Razorback sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Xyrauchen texanus);

f- Utah sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Catostomus ardens); and

g- White sucker, Catostomatidae Family (Catostomus commersoni).

(10) White perch, Moronidae Family (Morone americana).

(11) Cutthroat trout, Salmonidae Family (Oncorhynchus clarki)(All subspecies).

(12) Bowfin, Amiidae Family (All species).

(13) Bull shark, Carcharhinidae Family (Carcharhinus leucas).

(14) Drum (freshwater forms), Sciaenidae Family (All species).

(15) Gar, Lepidsosteidae Family (All species).

(16) Jaguar guapote, Cichlidae Family (Cichlasoma managuense).

(17) Lamprey, Petromyzontidae Family (All species).

(18) Mexican tetra, Characidae Family (Astyanax mexicanus, except blind form).

(19) Mooneye, Hiodontidae Family (All species).

(20) Nile perch, Centropomidae Family (Lates, luciolates) (All species).

(21) Northern pike, Esocidae Family (Esox lucius).

(22) Pirhana, Characidae Family (Serrasalmus, All species).

(23) Round goby, Gobiidae Family (Neogobius melanostomus).

(24) Ruffe, Percidae Family (Gymnocephalus cernuus).

(25) Snakehead, Channidae Family (All species).

(26) Stickleback, Gasterosteidae Family (All species).

(27) Stingray (freshwater), Dasyatidae Family (All species).

(28) Swamp eel, Synbranchidae Family (All species).

(29) Tiger fish, guavinus, Erythrinidae Family (Hoplias malabaricus).

(30) Tilapia, Cichlidae Family (Tilapia and Sarotherodon) (All species).

Source: Utah Administrative Code Rule 657-3-23: