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Kentucky Import Regulations

Kentucky - Adjacent States to the North Central Region

Aquaculture Contacts, Transport Regulations, and Approved Aquatic Species

Last updated April 21st, 2021

! 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   

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Dan Dreves, Director
(502) 564-7190 x4466

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources
#1 Sportsman's Lane
Frankfort, KY 40601
(800) 858-1549

Jeff Ross, Assistant Director
(502) 564-7109 x4455

State Fish Health Authorities / Laboratories

Robert M. Durborow, Ph.D., Professor
Aquaculture Research Center
103 Athletic Drive
Kentucky State University
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502.597.6581
Fax: 502.597.8118

Aquaculture Industry Contacts

KSU Aquaculture's Extension Program

Kentucky Department of Agriculture:

Angela Caporelli
111 Corporate Dr.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 564-0290 x259
FAX: (502) 573-2543

Kentucky Live Fish Importation Summary

Fish importation into and through the state of Kentucky is regulated by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) under Title 301 KAR and requires a fish transportation permit regardless of whether live fish will be sold within the state.

The following KDFWR websites provides relevant information pertaining to their respective regulations:

Transportation of fish


Live fish sales, handling and licensure


Importation, possession; prohibited