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Ask Fish and Game: Fish Transport Permits

Q. Why does Fish and Game require permits for transporting live fish?

A. Permits from the director of Fish and Game are required to reduce the danger of introducing non-native fish into waters with an existing fishery. Such introductions can destroy an otherwise healthy fishery. Transporting live fish can also inadvertently introduce unwanted hitchhikers such as invasive snails and other critters along with aquatic weeds that spread rapidly and destroy native aquatic habitat.