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Importation of Triploid Grass Carp or Piranha

Statutory Authority: ECL 1117-03 (6)

No person shall import, export, own or possess, acquire or dispose of live piranha fish (Serrasalmus, Rooseveltiella, or Pyrocentrus*), grass carp, (Ctenohparyngodon idella) or hybrid grass carp within the state without a license or permit issued at the discretion of the department for scientific, biological, or exhibition purposes.

To apply for this license, contact the Regional DEC Fisheries Office. You may use the Grass Carp Stocking Permit form (91 KB PDF).

*Note: The ECL has a typo. The correct genus name should be Pygocentrus, not Pyrocentrus.

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