Laws for selling fish

Submitted by Halley on 02/22/2004 at 00:12. ( )

I have a private trout hatchery wondering about fed permits needed to sell trout for taxidermy ?

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No federal permits needed but...

This response submitted by Cecil on 02/22/2004 at 00:41. ( )

You will have to find out if you can sell them to the particular states you are sending them to. All the states are different although as a rule trout are O.K. in most states.

P.S. some states like Georgia and Texas require

This response submitted by Cecil on 02/22/2004 at 00:45. ( )

you to purchase a permit to sell gamefish fish in their states. And Texas even takes it a step farther for certain gamefish in that is makes the buyer purchase a permit too. There are a few states that only allow gamefish to be sold for stocking. Have fun researching this. It's a monemental task. I still have not completed it.

What kinds of trout do you have other than rainbows or do you specialize in rainbows?


This response submitted by Halley on 02/22/2004 at 21:44. ( )

and brookies and a few golden rainbows. I guess you could leave it up to the buyer to know their own states laws . As long as you follow my states laws I should be ok. I will only be shipping frozen trout.

Not exactly Halley

This response submitted by Cecil on 02/22/2004 at 22:39. ( )

And just because they are frozen doesn't mean you are safe. If you are party to an illegal transaction than both parties could be in hot water. What happens if you are being set up? I try to get their state law interpretation in writing with a name and signature and send a copy with the fish. I don't leave it up to the buyer.

All it takes to violate the Lacy Act is one of the two parties is breaking the law and the animal is crossing state lines. Then it becomes a Federal matter.

Don't want to scare you but fish are not like furs and antlers.

I quess I"ll will just have to be careful

This response submitted by Halley on 02/22/2004 at 23:02. ( )

From what I can tell there is a demand for these fish Cecil . I notice your always sold out.


This response submitted by Paul I on 02/23/2004 at 07:18. ( )

Hi Halley,you will not get the answer here because anyone who knows it most likley sells them.Click on links up top and just go down to the list of state DNR and call them if you sell a fish in that state.Good luck selling.

Excuse me Paul?

This response submitted by Cecil on 02/23/2004 at 18:03. ( )

What are you implying? If I wanted to be secretive I would have not even responded to his post.

Halley, I would contact each state but it's going to be mighty expensive to call each state, and from my experience some will not know the answer and will give you the run around. I would request something writing as in some cases Law Enforcement says one thing while the biologists say another.

Cecil its no big deal

This response submitted by Paul I on 02/23/2004 at 19:24. ( )

Cecil your wrong about a monemental task.I sold mounts on ebay and if I had a question I just called the states DNR and found them to be very nice.Just keep the name,date,and time you called in your records.If Halley were to sell some trout to someone in New York one quick call would close the deal.As you sell more in each state keep a chart of whats needed.Again one deal at a time,not a big deal.Cecil your rep for trout is second to none and another seller would not hurt you.

Paul I am not wrong

This response submitted by Cecil on 02/24/2004 at 12:55. ( )

and fish sales are not the same as birds. YOU WILL run into some states that either don't know or will disagree from one deparment to the other. I still say a phone call is not enough. You should get it in writing. Just saying so and so said it was O.K. won't cut it in court if it came to that.

That said, I see your point in calling a particular state instead of all 50. However my approach intially was to call all 50 at once and that did turn out to be a monemental task.

I am trying to prevent compeitition. More power to you Halley. I regularly refer people to others when I don't have what they want. Halley if you tell me exactlly what you have in species and sizes and where you are located I will be more than happy to refer potential customers to you. Email me.


This response submitted by Cecil on 02/24/2004 at 12:58. ( )

I meant to say I am NOT trying to prevent compeition when I said, "I am trying to prevent competition."

Paul, I know diddly squat about selling birds. Are you an expert on selling fish?


This response submitted by Paul I on 02/24/2004 at 20:56. ( )

No Cecil Im an expert at selling.One of the best tricks in selling is to know experts for info and keep your mind free for the job at hand.Also its great to see you offer help to Halley,Good deeds bring rewards and good feelings.LOL

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