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    New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    I'm new to aquaponics and everything, but I just read on a website about needing a permit to have tilapia Is this just for commercial aspects? Do I need to have a permit just to have tilapia in the basement? I'm in Illinois, but I'm wondering what all is the legality of having non-native fish in a tank here. I'm pretty sure that everything is pretty much fine, but I just want to check with all of you on what you know about aquaculture and fish regulations. What have you run into?

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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    We have a thread listing the regs for each state...
    State Tilapia Regulations

    Best to check to see if any thing has changed..?
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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by davidstcldfl
    We have a thread listing the regs for each state...

    State Tilapia Regulations

    Best to check to see if any thing has changed..?
    +1 Urban Farmer

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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Thanks for the link!

    And that's only if I want to sell them, right? To keep them just as a hobby, it's okay? Or is it that I need the permit to even have them in my possession?

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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Good questions....But I don't know...?
    Every state is different...and the states change their minds...

    FL is odd, we can have blue tilapia in re-circ systems in most of FL. But in the NW Panhandel, they need a permit.
    The nw panhandel is probably the coldest part of the state and least likey to survive there.....

    Ca...Ok in S ca, not so in N Ca....again, tilapia most likely can't survive in N Ca because of the cold....

    Best to check with your state.
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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Thanks :P I searched for myself now and found out as much as I could. Double checking with the DNR too It's a shame it requires a permit. I guess they don't want invasive species, so it's good that way. At least I can start getting through all the hoops and ladders now!

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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by davidstcldfl

    Ca...Ok in S ca, not so in N Ca....again, tilapia most likely can't survive in N Ca because of the cold....
    I get calls often from people who read this kind of misinformation and take my time to try and calm them down and convince them that it is not true.

    Mossies and Hornorum are legal throughout all of California. Blues and Niles are illegal throughout all of California. Red Bellies are legal in 5 counties in southern California.

    You are supposed to obtain a permit to bring into the state any tilapia but most ignore that requirement. Tilapai are require to be inspected for disease before being allowed into the state.

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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    Thanks for clearing that up Oliver....
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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    I did a quick search for info in regards to tilapia in CA.
    It sure is hard to find anything..

    When I did a search....I did see DIY was towards the top
    of the 1st search page..
    Problem is...Our link on the State Tilapia Regulations page seems to be out of date....doesn't go anywhere...
    What little I did find elsewhere, says what I mis-stated...

    Oliver, if you get a chance, would you please do an update to our info...?
    State Tilapia Regulations
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    Re: New to Tilapia -- Legal Issues

    If only it was a bit easier to get fish already... I don't want to wait another 8 weeks to have the place I want to hold them inspected >_< If I wasn't right under the nose of the university, I'd consider just buying them outright now. Mehhhhh

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