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Sep 21, 2006
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Importation of Ornamental Fish

In general, importations of ornamental aquatic organisms, especially tropical species held in hobby aquaria, are considered to pose a negligible risk of spreading disease(s) to local species. Thus, Canada, like many other countries, does not require special permits for the importation of aquatic organisms for the aquarium hobbyist. There are, however, some exceptions related to other risks posed to aquatic resources and habitat.

All species listed by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) may only be imported if a CITES certificate is obtained. Please see for current listing of species and for relevant contact information. Hobby species that are genetically modified may be considered as new substances and may require notification under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999). For more information on the New Substances program, please consult the Environment Canada site at

Some Provinces and DFO Regions require special permits for the importation of certain species of fish, e.g. Koi carp into British Columbia. Further information on BC?s requirements can be found at . Requirements can be obtained through the relevant (receiving) provincial department responsible for fisheries, or the local Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) office.

A Department of Fisheries and Oceans licence, under Section 56 of the Fishery (General) Regulation or matching provincial licence is required for all importations or transfers of live fish and other aquatic species destined for release into fish habitat or for culturing in a fish rearing facilities. Detailed information on obtaining a licence can be found at or from your local DFO or Provincial fishery authority office.

For information on how to dispose of aquarium fish, invertebrates or aquatic plants responsibly to prevent the introduction of aquatic invasive species, please go to the following Habitattitude website by the US Fish and Wildlife.

If you have any questions related to aquatic disease concerns, please feel free to contact the National Registry of Aquatic Animal Health at the address below:

National Registry of Aquatic Animal Health
200 Kent Street, Station 12W114
Ottawa ON K1A 0E6

PIJAC Canada

May 13, 2004
Changes to Regulations Regarding the Sale of Invasive Fish
The Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) has made changes regarding the sale of live
invasive fish.
The purchase or sale of live invasive fish in Ontario, and the possession and transport of
these fish, causes public concern about possible escape or release of species that could
become established in Ontario waters. Harmful impacts to the aquatic ecosystem, to
recreational and commercial fisheries, as well as the high costs for control can be the result
of such invasions.
Given the potential impact of several high-risk species, the Ministry of Natural Resources
has amended Regulation 664/98 made under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act
(FWCA) ? Fish Licensing ? to prohibit the buying or selling of the following live invasive
- four species of carp (bighead, grass, black and silver);
- snakehead (all 28 species); and,
- two species of goby (round and tubenose).
The regulation is now in effect.
The regulation includes a prohibition on the buying and selling of snakeheads for aquaria
and grass carp for weed control in water gardens.
Pet shops with snakeheads in aquaria can no longer sell them and are encouraged to
dispose of them appropriately. Information of appropriate methods of disposal is available
on the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Invasive Species Hotline at 1-800-563-
7711. Pet Shop owners are reminded that it is illegal to dispose of these fish into Ontario

The regulation changes do not prohibit possession of these fish live. However, MNR intends
to seek a ban on live possession of these same fish through amendments to federal
legislation as outlined in the EBR posting mentioned below. If the federal government
proceeds with the regulatory changes for possession, MNR will notify you of the change end,
upon implementation of the regulations, the fish will have to be destroyed and disposed of in
an appropriate manner.
The decision notice can be accessed by searching for Registry Number RB04E6005 at


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Fish imports restricted
CEFAS has added dozens of additional species to its list of fish that cannot be legitimately imported under a tropical fish import licence, which could lead to a drop in imports of unusual fish.

The revision affects Schedule II of the DOF 8T tropical fish import licence and means that retailers and wholesalers will no longer be able to import many unusual fish species without obtaining a special coldwater fish import licence and a full health certificate.

The species covered by the list include a range of barbs and other cyprinids, North American, Asian and European coldwater fishes, all crayfish species with the exception of Cherax quadricarinatus and 19 different loach genera.

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) says that the new measures have been introduced because some companies were bringing in species that were not covered under the import licences they held:

"Some importers and licence holders have assumed that all fish on an availability list from a tropical aquaria fish supplier can be legally imported as tropical aquaria species. This is often not the case."

CEFAS says that the DOF 8T tropical fish import licence must only be used to import tropical fish incapable of surviving in the wild in the UK. It believes that some of the fish being imported recently under the licence are technically coldwater and it has published the revision to clarify the species and genera that it is illegal to import under the DOF 8T tropical fish import licence.

Trade confusion
When news of the revisions of the import legislation reached the trade last week it appeared to be causing some confusion. Practical Fishkeeping spoke to one major retailer who believed that the revision was referring to fishes that were being banned under the Import of Live Fish Act (IFLA), seemingly without notice or consultation. This is not the case.

However, the fishes added to the list are candidates for the ILFA list and their imports may be restricted in the future. Some of the fishes on the revised DOF 8T Schedule II list, such as Myxocyprinus asiaticus, are effectively banned from sale under the Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) Order 1998, but many others are still legal to import providing dealers obtain the appropriate documentation to do so.

Keith Davenport, Chief Executive of the Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATA) told Practical Fishkeeping that this additional hurdle may be sufficient to limit the range of unusual tropical fish species capable of withstanding slightly cooler conditions, such as many loaches.

"The fish are being regarded as coldwater species for the purposes of the fish health regulations. They are also candidates for going on ILFA. They would require a DOF 1 - a full health certificate prior to import.

"It might have exactly the same or a worse impact than an ILFA listing because if they are caught from the wild you can't obtain a DOF 1. There is a statement in the DOF 1 legislation which states that any fish imported under the licence must come from farms, not from the wild."

CEFAS said that the list is indicative, and therefore not complete, and has advised importers to contact them before importing some species such as loaches of the Schistura genus that are only listed to genus level:

"It is the responsibility of prospective importers and licence holders to ensure before imports are arranged that none of the categories of fish/shellfish or individual species listed in Schedule II are imported under the DOF 8T licence?" said Davenport.

"If you or they have any difficulty in determining whether any species currently included (or likely to be included in future) in consignments covered by a DOF 8T are capable of surviving in Great Britain's natural aquatic environment you should refer the matter to the CEFAS Fish Health Inspectorate before importation takes place."

When is a fish "coldwater"?
Davenport says that as a rule of thumb a fish is regarded as coldwater when it can survive or breed below 10 degrees Celsius: "If a species can breed in UK conditions and survive below 10 C then officials would argue that the species could become invasive and are very likely to refuse to accept that species as tropical, irrespective of its origin.

"Anybody intending to import fish species that are new to trade, and may be capable of surviving below 15 C should think very carefully about it and perhaps seek advice from the relevant authorities."

Knowledge of the temperature tolerances on many of the unusual fish species listed is not easy to come by and with some new species fishkeepers may assume that the fish are tropical when they actually tolerate cooler water.

Two species, the Amur sucker, Sarcocheilichthys sinensis and the Chinese sailfin sucker, Myxocyprinus asiaticus, are believed to have been illegally imported into the UK in the past under tropical fish import licences. CEFAS says that both species pose a risk to our environment if released:

"Both species originate in the middle and headwaters of the Yangtse River where winter temperatures may be much lower than those experienced in British waters. A fish surviving in this environment would not meet our definition of a tropical aquarium species."

What's included?
The revision to Schedule II of the DOF 8T licence is shown below. Importantly, the list is indicative and not complete. Any fish that can survive below 15 C would be included in this list and must be imported using a DOF 1 import licence for coldwater fish. OATA advises importers to seek advice before importing fish that may fall within this category.

Abramis ballerus, Blue bream
Abramis brama, Common bream
Acheilognathus sp., Giant bitterling
Acipenser sp., Sterlets and Sturgeon
Alburnoides bipunctatus, Schneider
Alburnus alburnus, Bleak
Ambloplites rupestris, Rock bass
Ameiurus species, North American catfish
Amia calva, Bowfin
Anguilla sp., Eels
Aphanius apodus, Killifish/Pupfish
Aphanius dispar, Killifish/Pupfish
Aphredoderus sayanus, Pirate perch
Aristichthys/Hypophthalmichthys nobilis, Bighead carp
Aspius aspius, Asp
Barbatula sp., Loach
Barbus sp., barbel species (excluding tropical barbs)
Beaufortia sp. except B. leveretti, Balitorine loaches
Blicca bjoerkna, Silver bream
Botia supercilliaris, Coldwater clown loach
Carassius auratus, Goldfish (Common and all varieties)
Carassius carassius, Crucian carp
Catostomus commersonii, Common White sucker
Centrarchus macropterus, Sunfish
Chaenobryttus gulosus, Sunfish
Chalcalburnus chalcoides, Danubian Bleak
Channa argus, Northern or Chinese Snakehead
Chlamydogobius eremius, Australian Desert goby
Chondrostoma genei, Laska nase
Chondrostoma nasus , Nase
Chondrostoma toxotoma, Toxostome
Cobitis sp., Cobitid loaches
Cookeolus japonicus, Longfinned Bullseye
Coregonus sp., Whitefish species
Ctenopharyngodon idella, Grass carp
Cycleptus elongatus, Blue sucker
Cyprinus carpio, Carp, Koi, Mirror, King, Common, Leather, Ghost
Dzihunia sp., Loach
Elassoma sp. - except E. evergladeii, Sunfish
Enneacanthus sp. - except E. chaetodon, Sunfish
Esox sp., Pike
Etheostoma sp., Darters
Fundulus diaphanus, Banded Killifish
Garra pingi pingi, Garra pingi pingi
Gasterosteus sp., Sticklebacks
Gobio gobio, Gudgeon
Hucho sp., Danubian Salmon and Taimen
Huso sp., Sturgeon/Sterlet
Hypophthalmichthys molitrix, Silver carp
Ictaluris sp., North American catfish
Jordanella sp. - except J. floridae, Flagfish
Koreocobitis sp., Loach
Lates calcarifer, Barramundi
Lefua sp., Loach
Lepisosteus oculatus, Spotted gar
Lepisosteus osseus, Longnose gar
Lepomis sp., Sunfish (including Pumpkinseed, Basses, crappies and bluegills)
Leptobotia sp., Loach
Leucaspis delineatus, Heckel's dace
Leucaspius delineatus, Sunbleak (Sundace, Belica, Motherless Minnow)
Leuciscus idus, Orfe, Golden, Black, Blue
Leuciscus leuciscus, Dace
Leuciscus souffia, Blageon
Leusiscus cephalus, Chub
Lota lota, Burbot
Macroramphosus scolopax, Snipefish
Micropterus dolomieu, Small mouthed Bass
Micropterus salmoides, Large-mouthed black Bass
Misgurnis sp. - except M. anguillicaudatus (includes M. fossilis), Loach
Morone sp., Bass species and hybrids
Mylopharyngodon piceus, Carp, Chinese Black or Snail eating
Myxocyprinus asiaticus, Chinese Sucker, also known as Zebra hi-fin or banded shark/sucker
Noemacheilus sp. - except N. masyai, N. fasciatus, N. selangoricus, Loach
Notropis/Cyprinella, Shiners
Onchorynchus sp., Salmon, Trout
Oreonectes sp. - except O. platycephalus and O.anophthalmus, Loach
Orthrias sp., Loach
Parabotia maculosa, Loach
Paracobitis sp., Loach
Pelteobagrus brashnikowi, Amur Dragon Catfish
Pelteobagrus fulvidraco, Catfish, Dragon (Yellow catfish)
Perca sp., Perch species
Phoxinus phoxinus, Minnow
Phoxinus/Chrosomus eos, Dace, Northern red belly (Common Minnow)
Pimephales promelas, Minnow, Fathead/Roseyred
Polyodon and Psephurus sp., Paddlefish
Polyprius americanus, Wreckfish
Pseudogastromyzon sp. - except P.loos, P. buas, P. doon, P. elongatus, P.myersi, P. fabgi, P. fasciatus, P. meihuashanensis, P. peristicus, Loach
Pseudorasbora parva, Topmouth Gudgeon (Clicker Barb)
Pseudoscaphirhynchus sp., Sturgeon/Sterlet
Rhinichthys atratulus, Blacknose Dace
Rhodeus ocellatus, Stripeshoulder Bitterling
Rhodeus sericeus, Rhodeus amarus, European Bitterling
Rutilus rutilus, Roach
Sabanejewia sp., Loach
Salmo sp., Salmon, Trout
Salvelinus sp., Charr
Sander/ Stizostedion sp., Pike perch (including zander)
Sarcochilicthys sinensis, Gudgeon, Chinese Lake (Amur Sucker)
Scaphirhynchus sp., Sturgeon/Sterlet
Scardinius erythrophthalmus, Rudd, Common, Silver, Gold
Schistura species - please consult with the FHI at Cefas if you are considering importing any Schistura species new to trade, many Schistura species are tolerant of cold water temperatures, Loach
Seminemacheilus sp., Loach
Silurus sp., Catfish
Siniperca chuatsi, Freshwater Grouper
Thymallus thymallus, Grayling
Tiaroga sp., Loach
Tinca tinca, Tench, Common, Green, Golden
Tor khudree, Deccan Mahseer
Tor mosal, Copper Mahseer
Tor musullah, Humpback Mahseer
Tor progeneius, Jungha Mahseer
Tor putitora, Yellowfin or Golden Mahseer
Tor tor, Redfin Mahseer
Triplophysa sp. - except T. gracilis, T. microps, T. marmorata, T. yasinensis, Loach
Umbra sp., Mudminnow
Valencia letourneuxi, Corfu Toothcarp
Vimba vimba, Vimba
Zacco platypus, Dragon fish (also known as Pale Chub or Freshwater minnow)
Zacco temmincki, Taiwan Zacco
All species of Crayfish except Cherax quadricarinatus

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AC Members
Dec 30, 2007
well i live in nevada, i dont know of much fish or any animals what so ever that are illegal, all i know of are pirahnas and venomous snakes but i think thats all of the u.s.


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Jun 17, 2007
anyone know about new mexico?


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AC Members
Feb 13, 2008
After I little hunting and waiting the people at the Ohio wildlife department sent me a list of the illegal fish in ohio so here they are.

The following information was taking from the Division of Wildlife's
'Bait dealer regulations' publication which can be found on the
following website:

It is unlawful for any person to possess, buy or sell unclassified
species which includes:

striped shiner (Luxilus chrysocephalus), silverjaw minnow (Notropis
buccatus), central stoneroller (Campostoma anomalum), sand shiner
(Notropis stramineus), rosefin shiner (Lythrurus ardens), redfin shiner
(Lythrurus umbratilis), suckermouth minnow (Phenacobius mirabilis),
rosyface shiner (Notropis rubellus), river chub (Nocomis micropogon),
mimic shiner (Notropis volucellus), hornyhead chub (Nocomis biguttatus),
steelcolor shiner (Cyprinella whipplei), bigeye chub (Notropis amblops),
bullhead minnow (Pimephales vigilax), gravel chub (Erimystax
x-punctatus), silver chub (Macrhybopsis storeriana), ghost shiner
(Notropis buchanani), streamline chub (Erimystax dissimilis), tonguetied
minnow (Exoglossum 6

laurae), river shiner (Notropis blennius), longnose dace (Rhinichthys
cataractae), channel shiner (Notropis wickliffi), rosyside dace
(Clinostomus funduloides), bigeye shiner (Notropis boops), bigmouth
shiner (Notropis dorsalis), lake chubsucker (Erimyzon sucetta), johnny
darter (Etheostoma nigrum), fantail darter (Etheostoma flabellare),
rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum), greenside darter (Etheostoma
blennioides), blackside darter (Percina maculata), logperch (Percina
caprodes), orangethroat darter (Etheostoma spectabile), banded darter
(Etheostoma zonale), variegate darter (Etheostoma variatum), dusky
darter (Percina sciera), slenderhead darter (Percina phoxocephala),
eastern sand darter (Ammocrypta pellucida), least darter (Etheostoma
microperca), Iowa darter (Etheostoma exile), bluebreast darter
(Etheostoma camurum), river darter (Percina shumardi), tippecanoe darter
(Etheostoma tippecanoe), channel darter (Percina copelandi), stonecat
(Noturus flavus), skipjack herring (Alosa chrysochloris), mottled
sculpin (Cottus bairdi), spoonhead sculpin (Cottus ricei), brook
silverside (Labidesthes sicculus), trout-perch (Percopsis omiscomaycus),
least brook lamprey (Lampetra aepyptera), american brook lamprey
(Lampetra appendix), silver lamprey (Ichthyomyzon unicupis), brook
stickleback (Culaea inconstans).


As stated in Section 1501:31-19-01(A), It shall be unlawful for any
person to possess, import or sell live individuals of the following
species: walking catfish (Clarias batrachus), diploid white amur or
diploid grass carp (Ctenopharygodon idella), silver carp-white bream
(Hypophtalmichtyhys molitirx), black amur-black carp (Mylopharyngodon
piceus), bighead carp-bighead-bighead amur (Aristichthys nobilis), ruffe
(Gymnocephalus cernuus), round goby (Neogobius melanostomus), tubenose
goby (Proterorhynus marmoratus), snakeheads (Channa spp. and Parachanna
spp.), white perch (Morone Americana), three spine stickleback (Culaeea
aculeatus), sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus), eastern banded killifish
(Fundulus diaphanus diaphanus), marron (Cherax tenuimarus), Yabbie
(Cherax destructor), zebra mussel (Dreissera polymorphi), quagga mussel
(Dreissens busoniss), rudd (Scardinus crythothalmos), or hybrid of such
species at any time. Such fish may be used only for research, by zoos,
public aquariums and public displays after permission from the wildlife
chief is obtained.


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