Skip to main content

Tennessee Import Regulations

Last updated: 4/21/2021

! 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 Contacts:        

Ed Watson
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
P. O. Box 40627
Nashville, TN 40627

Rob Todd
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
P. O. Box 40747
Nashville, TN 37204

Tennessee Aquaculture Association
Tennessee Aquarium
PO Box 11048
Chattanooga TN 37401

State Transport Regulations:

For permits, rules and regulations, code for exotic animals, and applications visit: Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency Permit Page

Find the aquatic importation permit application here: tn.importationpermitapplication.pdf

For Tennessee Aquatic Invasive Species visit: Invasive Species Page

Dressed catfish require proper label of origin; contact Ed Watson, Tennessee Department of Agriculture (above) for further information.

Approved Aquatic Species List :

Contact Rob Todd, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (above) for further information.