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Prohibited Fish

Fish Whose Possession is Prohibited in Alabama

Several species of fish may not be possessed in Alabama.  Regulation 220-2-.26 prohibits the possession of exotic fish that may affect populations of native fish:

Any Walking Catfish or any other fish of the genus Clariaswalking catfish
Any Piranha or any fish of the genus Serrasalmus;

Any Black Carp of the genus Mylopharyngodon;    

Any native or non-native Sturgeon;  

Any Chinese Perch (Siniperca spp.);

Any Snakeheads (Channa spp.);  

Any Mud Carp (Cirrhinus spp.);  

or any Blueback Herring (Alosa aestivalis).   Blueback herring are prohibited in Alabama, picture drawn by Duane Raver, USFWS.

Regulation 220-2-.93 prohibits the importation and possession of the fishes

rudd  and roach.

It is against the law to release any fish, mussel, snail or crayfish to any public water in Alabama without a permit.  This includes releasing bait and releasing pet fish.

Regulation 220.-2-.92 prohibits the possession of native fish whose populations are of concern:

Common Name

Scientific Name

Cavefish, Alabama

Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni

Cavefish, Southern

Typhlichthys subterraneusls

Chub, Spotfin

Cyprinella monacha

Darter, Boulder  

Etheostoma wapiti

Darter, Coldwater

Etheostoma ditrema

Darter, Crystal

Crystallaria asprella

Darter, Goldline

Percina aurolineata

Darter, Holiday

Etheostoma brevirostrum

Darter, Lipstick

Etheostoma chuckwachatte

Darter, Lollipop

Etheostoma neopterum

Darter, Slackwater

Etheostoma boschungi

Darter, Snail

Percina tanasi

Darter, Tuscumbia

Etheostoma tuscumbia

Darter, Vermilion

Etheostoma chermocki

Darter, Watercress

Etheostoma nuchale

Madtom, Frecklebelly

Noturus munitus

Sculpin, Pygmy

Cottus paulus

Shad, Alabama

Alosa alabamae

Shiner, Blue

Cyprinella caerulea

Shiner, Cahaba

Notropis cahabae

Shiner, Palezone  

Notropis albizonatus

Sunfish, Spring Pygmy

Elassoma alabamae

Sturgeon, Alabama

Scaphirhynchus suttkusi

Sturgeon, Gulf 

Acipenser oxyrhynchus desotoi

The possession of some species is restricted by the federal endangered species program, which is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The possession of Paddlefish is prohibited under Regulation 220-2-.94

The possession of Shoal Bass in Alabama is prohibited under Regulation 220-2-.35.  

Possession of Game Fish is regulated under Regulation 220-2-.35.

Commercial Fish are regulated as to how they may be harvested.

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