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Import regulations for field-collected killifishes?
Bruce. As a former, now retired, special agent with the USFWS, I can tell
you that you have been getting some good, but not necessarily complete,
advice. The importation of all live wildlife, including fish, is regulated
by FWS. Basically, all live wildlife has to be imported at a designated port
of entry. There are special ports of entry along the Mexican border for
wildlife originating in Mexico. They must be declared on a Declaration of
Importation of Wildlife Form, listing the common and scientific names,
numbers, and country of origin. One thing to be very sure of is that the
fish are being exported in compliance with the laws of the country of origin.
For example, if Mexico required you to have an export permit, as they do for
almost all wildlife, (I don't know about fish) you would be in violation of
the Lacey Act if you attempted to import them into the US without the Mexican
There are permits available from FWS for importation of scientific specimens
at ports other than the designated ports.
I've been retired for about six years now so don't know that I have all of
the up to date info. Suggest you contact a FWS office, or write to USFWS,
Washington, DC, and request a copy of Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations,
Part 14, Importation, Exportation and Transportation of Wildlife. The regs
are also available on the internet if you do a search.
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