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Approved On: April 25, 2019
Effective On: April 25, 2019
  1. It is unlawful to possess native aquatic wildlife as pets except as follows:
    1. No more than 6 of each species per household may be possessed alive;
    2. Must be taken by hand orby any methoddescribed in Code 32.04; and
    3. Game fish may onlybe takenin compliance with all other codes in Chapter 26.00.
  2. It also is unlawful to sell or purchase such wildlife or their progeny,or to release them into waters other than those from which they were collected.


  1. Alligator snapping turtles, hellbenders, Ouachita streambed salamanders, troglodytic (cave-dwelling) species or those animals defined as endangered species may not be taken.
  2. Legally obtained baitfish are exempt from the 6of each species per household provision.
  3. Commercial fish may be taken only in compliance with Chapter 30.00.
  4. Collecting in compliance with a scientific collection permit or other special use permit issued by the Commission.
  5. Permitted fish farms in compliance with Chapter 35.00.
  6. Licensed commercial fishermen in compliance with Chapter 30.00.

PENALTY: Class 1

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