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Re: blueheads - Short Course on Interstate Fish Shipping

A Short Course On Interstate Shipment of Fish

1. Fishes which are on the FEDERAL threatened/endangered species list 
cannot be kept without a permit nor can they be moved across state lines 
without filing import/export documentation with the USFWS.

2. STATE listed endangered/threatened species cannot be kept in that 
state without a permit, nor can they be exported from that state without 
a permit to do so. Species listed in one state as threatened/endangered 
may be imported from another state where they are not a listed species, 
subject to state-level import/export regulations.  If you should import 
a non-listed species into a state where they ARE listed, BE SURE TO KEEP 
keeping the local DNR apprised of the fact that you have these fish and 
provide documentation of their out-of-state origin.

3. Some state have VERY stringent import/export requirements, such as 
North Carolina, Arizona, etc., where any importation or exportation of 
fish requires a permit.  For transactions involving two states such as 
these, the parties involved in an exchange of fish would each need two 
permits from each state. John Smith would need a permit to export his 
fish from Arizona to NC and a permit to import Sam Jones' fish from 
North Carolina into AZ.  Sam Jones would need an import permit to 
receive John Smith's fish from AZ and an export permit to send NC fish 
to John.

4. The majority of states seem to require permits only to release fish 
into waters of the state and don't seem to regulate importation for 
aquarium use only, viewing such a practice as functionally equivalent to 
tropical fish - both types are considered non-native and for aquarium 
use only. HOWEVER, many states are now requiring a propagation permit to 
breed fish for sale/distribution, etc.  Generally, the best approach is 
to sit down with the local DNR folks and discuss what you would like to 
do and find out what, if any, permits may be required and obtain them in 
advance of importing the fish.  Generally, I have found state and 
Federal officials to be quite helpful and facilitative with someone that 
talks with them up front and intends to comply with their regulations.

5. If anyone has a local species that they think would be good to have 
in a captive breeding program, let me know as I am setting one up at 
present for the NFC Breeder's Program.  I can send you a pre-printed UPS 
label which bills shipping to my UPS account so all you have to do get 
the fish ready to ship - shipping charges are billed to me.  If your 
local UPS office won't accept shipments of live fish (most often, they 
refuse to accept fish if they have to insure them - if the shipper 
waives insurance issues, it is often OK), we can make other 
arrangements, such as reimbursement for US Postal Service shipping 
costs, return of VT fish in trade, etc.

6. I am sure that the NFC can ensure that persons whom contribute fish 
to the NFC Breeder's Program get recognition for their efforts. If a 
trade is preferred, I can also provide a wide variety of VT fish species 
in exchange.  We can make arrangements for trade, exchange, etc. by 
sending me an email: dwightmoody at hotmail_com.  
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>From: mbinkley at earthling_net (Mark Binkley)
>Subject: Re: blueheads
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>Unless someone out there has the facilities for a full scale commercial
>fish propagation project, this may have to happen on a smaller more 
>level.  Perhaps one way to start would be to distribute fish to parties
>interested in reproducing and maintaining them in captivity on a 
>level of time and resource commitment.  Then as broods are matured to
>transferable size, they could be sold locally or centrally with NFC
>coordination.  Also stock should be exchanged between breeders to 
>genetic diversity.  The brood stock provider and each breeder would be
>responsible for ensuring that their piece of the operation complies 
>their state's regulations.
>Maybe someone out there can enlighten us on the intricacies of 
>regulations regarding native fishes.  Does a regulation that governs 
>disposition of a fish from one state remain in effect if that fish now
>resides in another state?  Does the first state have any enforcement 
>in the second state?
>Mark Binkley
>Columbus Ohio USA          <))><
>mbinkley at earthling_net
>Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him
>to use "the Net" and he won't bother you for weeks.

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