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Illegal Fish Thread


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Thought I would share a fish I had just over a year ago that is ilegal just about everywhere in North America except the province of Alberta



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in australia perth geophagus braziliesis,jewl cichlid hav invaded river systems and are soon to be bannned.
banning a fish that has invaded an ecosystem is pointless, the damage is already done and is irreversible banning it does nothing at that point besides hurt fish keepers.


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That is not quite correct. Countries or states, are often much larger geographically than a particular ecosystem.
While I do agree with you that once a species has become established in an ecosystem, the future restriction of import into that ecosystem's geographical region will have little to no effect on removing the species from that ecosystem.

But restricting that species from being imported into a country can prevent them from being established elsewhere within that country where they could also survive. A perfect example of this is the Northern snakehead. The federal government took quick action after established populations were discovered in Maryland and Virginia which no doubt has prevented the spread of this species across the U.S.


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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

Stewart Bowers

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What do I do if some fish from the list got caught? I mean I fish only in permitted areas and use bait for the legal kinds of fish, still some of the illegal ones appear in those waters sometimes and get caught.


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I feel it would be best to contact your local fish & game for the best options/actions in your state, as they vary a bit.