NANFA-- "That's illegal" was Visit to Sailfin Pet Shop

Mark (
Fri, 7 Feb 2003 14:02:22 -0500

I have heard the "That's illegal" response before. I have to confirm
Pat's observation. In fact, I may have unwittingly contributed to
this attitude. When I was _much_ younger, I collected mudminnows,
darters and juvenile yellow perch and dutifully took them to my
favorite fish store. The proprietor dutifully added them to his
stock for sale. I don't really know what happened after that, but
I'm sure that once a Natural Resources officer got wind of it, that
he dutifully informed the poor pet shop guy that he was in violation
of state law for selling wild fish and selling wild caught juvenile
_game_ fish at that. I really hope I didn't get him in trouble.
Anyway, it is illegal in most states for anyone to sell wild caught
fish from that state. There are exceptions. They are complicated.
Anyway, this leads to the general conception that selling natives is
illegal. Any registered, pond stocking fish farm knows otherwise.
There is much education to be acheived. That's why NANFA is really
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