Approved On: Oct. 15, 2020
Effective On: Jan. 1, 2021
- It is unlawful to possess native aquatic wildlife as pets except as follows:
- No more than 6 live individuals of native fish, crayfish, or snails may be possessed per household;
- Must be taken by hand or by any method described in Code 32.04;
- Game fish may only be taken in compliance with codes in Chapter 26.00; and
- Possession of aquatic turtles and salamanders in compliance with Captive Wildlife codes in Chapter 09.00.
- 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.
- It also is unlawful to possess alligator snapping turtles, Ozark Hellbenders, Ouachita streambed salamanders, troglodytic (cave-dwelling) species or species state or federally listed as threatened or endangered.
- Fish are exempt from the 6 individual pets per household provision.
- Commercial fish may be taken only in compliance with Chapter 30.00.
- Collecting in compliance with a scientific collection permit or other special use permit issued by the Commission.
- Permitted fish farms in compliance with Chapter 35.00.
- Licensed commercial fishermen in compliance with Chapter 30.00.
PENALTY: Class 1