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Approved On: April 25, 2019
Effective On: April 25, 2019

It is unlawful to offer for sale or to sell live fish (including baitfish) without an Arkansas Fish DealerLicense (Resident or Nonresident) or an Arkansas Fish FarmerPermit. A license is required for each separate business location. Game fish may not be taken from the wild and sold, exceptin compliance with Code 26.20.


  1. Licensed fishing guides are not required to purchase a Fish DealerLicense when providing baitfish during the act of guiding.
  2. Minnows may be sold at the permitted facility where grown in compliance with Code 35.01.
  3. Marine and tropical aquatic wildlife commonly distributed in the aquarium trade may be sold without special permit, as long as they are held only in closed aquarium systems and not otherwise prohibited.

PENALTY: Class 1

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