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Illegal Fish Thread

Discussion in 'General Freshwater' started by rwspear76, Aug 10, 2006.

  1. rwspear76

    rwspear76 American By Birth,Soldier By Choice

    Jul 5, 2006
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    Bushnell Illinois
    Ok, Just to simplify things, lets make a thread that lists illegal fish state by state. I will start:

    Illinois Illegal fish

    *Snakeheads (including, but not limited to, all fishes of the genera Channa and Parachanna, and others of the family Channidae)
    *Fish or viable eggs of the Walking Catfish, Clariidae family
    *Mollusks, veligers, or viable eggs of zebra mussels, genus Dreissena
    *Crustaceans or viable eggs of mitten crabs, genus Eriocheir
    *River Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus)
    * Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
    * Big Head Carp ((Hypophthalmichthys nobilis)
    * Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)
    * Gobies (round, tubenose)(Neogobius melanostomus, Proterorhinus marmotratus)
    *Rusty Crayfish (Orconectes rusticus) Possession of living rusty crayfish is prohibited for all except the holders of an approved aquaculture permit with a letter of authorization to import/possess this species.
    *Rudd (Scardinius erthrophthelmus)


    Acipenser fulvescens Lake Sturgeon
    Ammocrypta clarum Western Sand Darter
    Etheostoma camurum Bluebreast Darter
    Etheostoma histrio Harlequin Darter
    Hybognathus hayi Cypress Minnow
    Hybopsis amblops Bigeye Chub
    Hybopsis amnis Pallid Shiner
    Ichthyomyzon fossor Northern Brook Lamprey
    Macrhybopsis gelida Sturgeon Chub
    Moxostoma valenciennesi Greater Redhorse
    Nocomis micropogon River Chub
    Notropis anogenus Pugnose Shiner
    Notropis boops Bigeye Shiner
    Notropis heterolepis Blacknose Shiner
    Notropis maculatus Taillight Shiner
    Notropis texanus Weed Shiner
    Noturus stigmosus Northern Madtom
    Scaphirhynchus albus Pallid Sturgeon**


    Ammocrypta pellucidum Eastern Sand Darter
    Catostomus catostomus Longnose Sucker
    Coregonus artedi Cisco
    Erimystax x-punctatus Gravel Chub
    Etheostoma exile Iowa Darter
    Fundulus diaphanus Banded Killifish
    Fundulus dispar Starhead Topminnow
    Lampetra aepyptera Least Brook Lamprey
    Lepomis miniatus Redspotted Sunfish
    Lepomis symmetricus Bantam Sunfish
    Moxostoma carinatum River Redhorse
    Notropis chalybaeus Ironcolor Shiner
    Notropis heterodon Blackchin Shiner
  2. TetraFreak

    TetraFreak Church of the Freshwater Aquarium!

    Dec 14, 2005
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    Central Florida
    Also keep in mind that endangered and threatened species from other countries are BANNED as well. I found a story from a couple years ago...guy brought in an Arowana and was arrested by U.S. Customs.
  3. paku

    paku Gimmie a snail. NOW!

    Jul 31, 2006
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    Chattanooga, TN
    Jack Palance Horseback Riding Chiclet
    (sorry dont know the scientific name)
  4. TetraFreak

    TetraFreak Church of the Freshwater Aquarium!

    Dec 14, 2005
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    Central Florida
    Pirahnas are illegal to Buy/Sell within the state.

    I do believe that if you move into california with an existing pet pirahna, you're OK. Same rule applies to Ferrets as well...

    Go Figure!
  5. Ghost_knife

    Ghost_knife AC Members

    Nov 17, 2005
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    Florida Regulations
    (P) African Electric Catfish (family Malapteruridae, all species)
    (P) African Tigerfish (subfamily Hydrocyninae, all species)
    (P) Airbreathing Catfish (family Clariidae, all species except Clarias batrachus)
    (P) Airsac Catfish (family Heteropnestidae, all species)
    (P) Australian Crayfish (genus Cherax, all species) except tank culture systems of Cherax quadricarinatus
    (R) Australian Red Claw Crayfish (Chorax quadricarinatus; tank culture systems only)
    (R) Bighead Carp (Aristichthys nobilis)
    (R) Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) except north and west of the Suwannee River
    (R) Bony Tongue Fish (Osteoglossidae, all species) except Silver arowana (Osteoglossum bicirrhosum)
    (P) Candiru Catfish (family Trichomycteridae, all species)
    (R) Dorados (genus Salminus, all species)
    (P) Freshwater Electric Eels (family Elecrophoridae, all species)
    (R) Freshwater Stingrays (family Electrophoridae, all species)
    (R) Grass Carp (Ctenopharyngodon idella)
    (P) Green Sunfish (Lepomis cyanallus)
    (P) Lampreys (family Petromyzonidae, all species)
    (R) Nile Perches (genus Lates, all species)
    (P) Piranhas and Pirambebas (subfamily Serrasalminae, all species including Wimple’s Piranhas)
    (R) Red Swamp Crayfish (Procambarus clarkii) May be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported for direct sale to food wholesalers and food retailers for resale to consumers without permit. Pond aquaculture prohibited.
    (R) Silver Carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix)
    (R) Snail or Black Carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus)
    (P) Snakeheads (family Channidae, all species)
    (P/R) Tilapias (Tilapia, Sarotherodon, and Oreochromis genera all species), except that Tilapia.aurea, bornorum, mossambica, nilotica, may be possessed, cultured, and transported without permit in the North Central Region ( Citrus and Hernando Counties only), Northeast Region (Excluding Nassau and Duval Counties), South and Southwest Regions.
    (P) Tranhiras or Tigerfish (family Erythrinidae, all species)

    (R) Walking Catfish (Clarius batrachus)
    (R) White River Crayfish (Procambarus zonangulas) May be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported for direct sale to food wholesalers and food retailers for resale to consumer without permit. Pond aquaculture prohibited.
    (P) Zebra Mussels (Dreissena polymorpha)
    (P) Mitten Crabs (genus Eriocheir)

    P is prohibited, Not allowed at all
    R is Restriicted, Permits needed and Expensive they are..
  6. Toirtis

    Toirtis Keeper of strange fishes

    May 30, 2006
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    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  7. Buggieboy

    Buggieboy AC Members

    Aug 25, 2006
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    TEXAS -- Surprisingly, this conservative state, not known for rampant environmentalism, has quite possibly the most extensive list of prohibited FW species I've ever seen, makes California's regulations seem laissez-faire in comparison.

    Lampreys, Family Petromyzontidae
    All species except Chestnut Lamprey, Ichthyomyzon castaneus and Southern Brook Lamprey, I. gagei

    Freshwater Stingrays, Family Potamotrygonidae
    All species

    Arapaima, Family Osteoglossidae
    Arapaima gigas

    Dourados, Family Characidae, Subfamily Bryconinae
    All species of genus Salminus

    Rhaphiodontid Characoids, Family Characidae, Subfamily Rhaphiodontinae
    All species of genera Hydrolycus and Rhaphiodon (synonymous with Cynodon)

    South American Pike Characoids, Families Characidae and Ctenolucidae
    All species of genera Acestrorhynchus, Ctenolucius (Boulengerella) and Luciocharax (Hydrocinus)

    African Pike Characoids, Families Hepsetidae and Ichthyboridae
    All species

    South American Tiger Fishes, Family Erythrinidae
    All species

    African Tiger Fishes, Family Alestidae, Subfamily Hydrocyninae
    All species

    Piranhas and Pirambebas, Family Serrasalmidae, Subfamily Serrasalminae
    All species

    Freshwater Eels, Family Anguilliidae
    All species except American Eel, Anguilla rostrata

    Swamp Eels, Rice Eels or One-Gilled Eel, Family Synbranchidae
    All species

    Electric Eel, Family Electrophoridae
    Electrophorus electricus

    Carps, Family Cyprinidae
    All species and hybrids of species of genera Ctenopharyngodon (Grass Carp), Mylopharyngodon (Black Carp), Aristichthys (Bighead Carp), Hypophthalmichthys (Silver Carp), Cirrhina (Mud Carp and relatives) and Thynnichthys (Sandhkol and other Thynnichthyid Carp)

    Rudd and Roach, Family Cyprinidae
    All species of genera Scardinius and Rutilus

    Old World Breams, Family Cyprinidae
    All species of genera Abramis, Blicca, Megalobrama and Parabramis

    Old World Chubs, Ide, and Dace, Family Cyprinidae
    All species of the genus Leuciscus

    Asps and Yellowcheek, Family Cyprinidae
    All species of the genera Aspius, Pseudaspius, Aspiolucius and Elopichthys

    Giant Barbs, Mahseers, and Catla, Family Cyprinidae
    All species of the genera Tor and Catla and the species Barbus tor (synonymous with Barbus hexagoniolepis)

    Walking Catfishes, Family Clariidae
    All species

    Electric Catfishes, Family Malapteruridae
    All species

    South American Parasitic Catfishes, Family Trichomycteridae, Subfamilies Stegophilinae and Vandelliinae
    All species

    Whale Catfishes, Family Cetopsidae
    All species

    Airsac Catfishes, Family Heteropneustidae
    All species of genus Heteropneustes

    Pike Killifish, Family Poeciliidae
    Belonesox belizanus

    Marine Stonefishes, Family Synanceiidae
    All species

    Tilapia, Family Cichlidae
    All species of genus Tilapia (including Sarotherodon and Oreochromis)

    Snakeheads, Family Channidae
    All species

    Asian Pikeheads, Family Luciocephalidae
    All species

    Old World Pike-Perches, Family Percidae
    All species of the genus Stizostedion except Walleye, Stizostedion vitreum and Sauger, S. canadense

    Ruff, Family Percidae
    All species of genus Gymnocephalus

    Nile Perch, Family Centropomidae
    All species of genera Lates and Luciolates

    Seatrouts and Corvinas, Family Sciaenidae
    All species of genus Cynoscion except Spotted Seatrout, Cynoscion nebulosus; Silver Seatrout, C. nothus and Sand Seatrout, C. arenarius

    Source: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website:


    LOL. It may have been more expedient for Texas to merely list the allowed species and provide that all unlisted species are illegal.
  8. kody1192

    kody1192 AC Members

    Mar 2, 2006
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    one kool thing about Ill is that frt(fly river turltes) are legal...it is really a shame about the channa species(snakeheads) just because some stupid people had to release them into the lakes ruined it for all of us...

    STINGRAYS ARE ILLEGAL IN CALI!!!lol i will get a link that has all of the states they rays are legal/illegal in

    also all asain arowana are ILLEGAL in the united states sadly since they are endangered and the arow farms didnt repopulate the wild stock like they were suppose to
  9. kody1192

    kody1192 AC Members

    Mar 2, 2006
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    all i know is that they recently banned stingrays...i also think piranias are banned too....btw the link to the states that stinrays are legal/illegal is the the stingray section of www.aquaticpredators.com
  10. monkey_toes

    monkey_toes "Maybe it's a hybrid"

    Feb 7, 2006
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    Southwest Florida
    I could be wrong, but I think African arowanas are now legal with no permit requirement as well.

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