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Can I buy Native Fish online if I live in California?


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#1 BISHOP710

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 07:43 PM

I just don't want to do anything illegal. Would I need any permits?

#2 Michael Wolfe

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Posted 12 March 2017 - 08:13 PM

Its a complicated question and I will let some of our California members answer.  Or your NANFA California Regional Rep Josh Porter (on the forum here as EBParks).  But I can point you to some older conversations that have been had here on the forum:

http://forum.nanfa.o...143-california/


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#3 Leo1234

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 10:06 AM

It is legal from what I have read. That is really the only way to get natives in California. Really the only 2 ways you can get them are online or at a hatchery. I've kept sunfish, darters, and some other natives before. I also saw on the fish and game Q&A section once that someone was asking if they could keep a largemouth bass and the reply said as long as it is bought from a hatchery or online.

The one downside it the cost of shipping is sometimes pretty expensive.



#4 Matt DeLaVega

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 07:02 PM

Maybe you can share some of your findings Leo. Might help Bishop make comfortable decisions. Few of us can afford a lawyer to interpret this, so it is really up to the individual to do his or her best to interpret laws. One vendor here, Jonah's, spent a good deal of time in CA. He may be able to help. Mark Binkley is the owner's name.

 


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#5 itsme

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Posted 13 March 2017 - 09:21 PM

Maybe you can share some of your findings Leo. Might help Bishop make comfortable decisions. Few of us can afford a lawyer to interpret this, so it is really up to the individual to do his or her best to interpret laws. One vendor here, Jonah's, spent a good deal of time in CA. He may be able to help. Mark Binkley is the owner's name.

 

 

Yeah, PM me if you want to chat or email:  jonah@jonahsaquarium.com



#6 EBParks

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Posted 20 March 2017 - 02:35 PM

As far as I know, it is OK to  purchase them. However, you should hold onto your receipt indefinitely in case there is any issue down the line. Most recently I tried to make sure all the online vendors I use were on my scientific collecting permit, but I was told that they do not need to be on there. Some out of state hatcheries have asked for proof of mt permit though. For those particular ones, I would just look elsewhere instead.


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