Wisconsin-native species of fish and fish eggs imported from a fish farm outside the state to a registered fish farm in Wisconsin do not require an import permit from the Department of Agriculture, Trade & Consumer Protection (DATCP). However, the shipment must be accompanied by a valid fish health certificate and a copy of the certificate must be submitted to DATCP.
All non-native fish and fish eggs imported into Wisconsin for the purpose of introduction into the waters of the state, for use as bait, or for rearing in a fish farm require a permit from the DNR. The shipment also must be accompanied by a valid fish health certificate and a copy of the certificate must be submitted to DATCP.
The Non-native Fish Importation application and general permit [PDF] is required to import fish or fish eggs of a species that is not native to this state for the purpose of rearing in a fish farm under s. 29.735, Wisconsin Statutes. This general permit only allows the import of fish species defined by s. NR 40.02 (30), Wis. Adm. Code, as “non-native fish species in the aquaculture industry,” which are arctic char, Atlantic salmon, brown trout, Chinook salmon, coho salmon, rainbow trout, pink salmon, redear sunfish, tiger trout, and tilapia. There is no fee for the general permit. You must request an individual permit if you intend to import a species of fish not listed here or for purposes other than rearing in a fish farm.
- Best Management Practices (BMPs) and Other Strategies For Minimizing the Risk of Importing Invasive Fish Species in Bait and Forage Shipments
- Fish Health Certificates Guidelines (PDF)
- DATCP Fish Farms Information
Note: The information provided on this web page is for general orientation purposes only. Do not rely solely on the information provided on these Web pages. For more information, please contact your local DNR Fish Farm Environmental Permits Coordinator [PDF]