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Lake Sturgeon License

Statutory Authority: ECL 11-0535 and 6 NYCRR Part 175 and Part 182.7

This license authorizes the importation, possession, and sale of Lake Sturgeon legally obtained outside New York. There are two types of licenses:

Importer - This license authorizes the importation of legally taken, unprocessed Lake Sturgeon into New York. The licensee may import only to persons possessing a valid NYS Endangered/Threatened Species Processor license.

Processor -This authorizes the licensee to purchase unprocessed Lake Sturgeon from persons possessing a valid NYS Endangered/Threatened Species Importer license.

Please note:

  • The importer must attach a non-reusable valid tag to the caudal flesh of each unprocessed Lake Sturgeon.
  • Both licenses expire one year from the date of issuance.
  • Each license has a fee of $150.00 of which $25.00 is a non-refundable application fee.

Please contact the Special Licenses Unit with any questions or concerns about qualifying for this license. To apply for this license complete the Lake Sturgeon Importer (PDF 18.2 kb), or Processor License Application (PDF 17.9 kb), and send with a check or money order for the appropriate amount to the Department of Environmental Conservation Special Licenses Unit.

Special Licenses Unit
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233-4752

List of applicable Laws and Regulations

  • New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) to read visit Department of State website at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/menuf.cgi
    • 11-0535
  • New York Codes Rules and Regulations (6 NYCRR)
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