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Re: [Killietalk] Fish from Canada
Dave, I have to disagree with you on this - at least the Canada part - As
of 2004, Customs does not officially care about the fish - USF&W has told
them ANY number of fish is now considered commercial and require even a
single pair to be inspected. So Customs is actually enforcing the USF&W regs
at the Champlain border and all of the local crossing under Champlain. I
have to assume that is nationwide, although I am sure others have different
experiences. Basically, what happened is USF&W decided to place agents at
certain border stations around the country and have them oversee a region.
It has been left up to the individual USF&W agent to decide what he wants
Customs/himself to do (per phone conversations with the Northeast Region
USF&W folks). Some allow 1-2 pairs through, others do not.
As for my friend in Champlain (he is the only agent in the region) - he told
Big John and I - it is illegal to even breed the fish we bring across the
border and distribute them 'commercially'. As far as he was concerned -
even giving away a pair of the fish was commercial. I realize his is an
extreme viewpoint - but it is what he stated. He also wants three days
notice of when we intend to pass through the border. (Personally, I think he
is being way overzealous). He has been invited to see our fishrooms to gain
some insight into what we do, but has declined.
I think what is important here has little to do with terrorism and alot more
to do with USF&W regs. The best answer is to talk directly with the people
you will see at the border.
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From: Koran, David HQ02 [mailto:David_Koran at hq02.usace.army.mil]
Sent: Thursday, January 19, 2006 10:05 AM
To: killietalk at aka_org
Subject: Re: [Killietalk] Fish from Canada
While I haven't brought any fish in from Canada since 2003 (ask Henry Gorko
or Curt Smith about their experiences), I was stopped and required to have
the fish inspected at the time. The rules that US Customs follows is that
anything over 3 pairs of fish is considered a commercial shipment and it
requires an inspection. Remember, that is US Customs, not US F&W. It is
Customs worry that the fish might be a new terrorist device and they are all
too happy to show you they are doing their job at making your life
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