North Dakota Import Regulations

Last updated: 9/16/16

! Important Notice !

Aquaculturists transporting or selling aquatic animals are responsible for following current regulations required by each state in which the activity occurs (selling or transporting) and are advised to contact state regulatory agencies responsible for permitting these activities.

State Aquaculture Regulatory Authorities

North Dakota Game and Fish Department:

Greg Power
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Fisheries Division
100 North Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501
701-328-6349

State Fish Health Authorities / Laboratories

Dr. Susan J. Keller, State Veterinarian
North Dakota State Board of Animal Health
North Dakota Department of Agriculture
doa-bah@nd.gov
(701) 328-2655

Dr. Larry Schuler, AVIC
USDA, APHIS
(701) 250-4210

Aquaculture Industry Contacts

Dr. Mark Clark
Department of Biological Sciences
North Dakota State University
311 Stevens Hall
Fargo, ND  58105-5517
Phone: (701) 231-8246
Fax: (701) 231-7149
m.e.clark@ndsu.edu

North Dakota Game and Fish Department Regulatory Authority

Authority for aquaculture in North Dakota lies with North Dakota Game and Fish.

Private fish hatcheries

North Dakota Administrative Code 30-03-02 (excerpt)

An operator of a licensed fish hatchery may sell fish owned or raised for market or for stocking other waters. The operator also may operate the operator’s fish hatchery as a fishpond and may sell fish caught from the pond by fee-paying anglers. Live fish purchased for stocking private ponds may be transported only if a bill of sale from the vendor accompanies the load of fish. 

For additional information on private fish hatchery requirements see: 30-03-02

Interstate transport by private fish hatcheries

30-03-02-06. Transportation of authorized fish stock into, out of, or within the state by a licensed hatchery operator in a private fish hatchery may be done only with a permit issued by the director and only in the manner approved by the director. All fish stock entering the state must be accompanied by disease-free certification and a bill of sale from the vendor. Disease-free certification will be species specific as warranted by the department.

Notes: 

           1)  Fish import permits and health documents are required to be submitted to the North Dakota Department of Game and Fish.  

           2)  The Game and Fish Director will publish a list of fish species that may be authorized for raising or holding in a licensed fish hatchery, as well as species specific disease certification requirements for imports.  For clarification contact the North Dakota Game and Fish Department (above).  

For additional information on private fish hatchery requirements see: 30-03-02

Retail or wholesale bait vendor

30-03-01.1 (excerpt) Retail or wholesale bait vendor licenses are issued for a calendar year to one person only. The holder of a retail bait vendor license may sell live bait at retail only, at one specified selling location per license. A wholesale bait vendor may only sell live bait to licensed bait vendors. Both a retail license and a wholesale license are necessary to sell live bait at both retail and wholesale.

Interstate transport of live baitfish

30-03-01.1-08. It is illegal to import fathead minnows or stickleback into the state. It is illegal to import other live baitfish or live bait into the state except with a permit issued by the director and only in the manner approved by the director. It is illegal to export live bait out of the state except with a permit issued by the director and only in the manner approved by the director. It is illegal to transport live baitfish through the state except with a permit issued by the director and only in the manner approved by the director. Permit applications must be received by the director a minimum of forty-eight hours prior to any planned import or export of live bait. 

For additional information on baitfish regulations see: 30-03-01

Aquatic nuisance and prohibited species

North Dakota has published a Statewide Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan, which includes a list of aquatic nonindigenous and nuisance species (see Appendix O, pg 150)

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