What regulations apply to harvesting fish for home aquaria?
Rules and regulations for recreational take and possession apply. You cannot be in possession, nor may your aquarium contain more than these limits. Legal methods of collecting and license requirements also apply. You need a freshwater fishing license to take (defined as “taking, attempting to take, pursuing, hunting, molesting, capturing, or killing any freshwater fish, their nests or eggs, by any means, whether or not such actions result in obtaining possession of such freshwater fish or their nests or eggs”). Avoid taking Florida’s endangered species. A list of them can be found at MyFWC.com/WildlifeHabitats.
FLORIDA’S ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES LIST
Common Name Scientific Name Status
Atlantic sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus FE
Blackmouth shiner Notropis melanostomus ST
Bluenose shiner Pteronotropis welaka ST
Crystal darter Crystallaria asprella ST
Gulf sturgeon Acipenser oxyrinchus [=oxyrhynchus] desotoi FT 1
Harlequin darter Etheostoma histrio SSC
Key silverside Menidia conchorum ST
Okaloosa darter Etheostoma okalossae FT
Saltmarsh topminnow Fundulus jenkinsi ST
Shortnose sturgeon Acipenser brevirostrum FE 1
Smalltooth sawfish Pristis pectinate FE
Southern tessellated darter Etheostoma olmstedi maculaticeps ST
FWC = Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
FE = Federally-designated Endangered
FT = Federally-designated Threatened
FXN = Federally-designated Threatened Nonessential Experimental Population
FT(S/A) = Federally-designated Threatened species due to similarity of appearance
ST = State-designated Threatened
SSC = State Species of Special Concern
1 A species for which the FWC does not have constitutional authority.
2 Monroe County population only.
3 Not documented in Florida.
4 Lower keys population only.