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Florida Tilapia Law

Tilapia is a restricted species.

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The purshasing, buying & transport of Live Tilapia is restricted.

It shall be unlawful for any person to possess, transport or otherwise bring into the state or to release or introduce in the state any wildlife or freshwater fish that is not native to the state unless such person shall first secure a permit from the Commission. (68A-4.005, F.A.C.)

No person shall transport into the state, introduce, or possess for any purpose that might be reasonably expected to result in liberation into the waters of the state, any aquatic species not native to the state, without having secured a permit from the Commission[.] (68A-23.008, F.A.C.)

No person shall import into the state or place in any of the fresh waters of the state any freshwater fish of any species without having first obtained a permit from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (372.26, F.S.)

It is unlawful to import for sale or use, or to release within this state, any species of the animal kingdom not indigenous to Florida without having obtained a permit to do so from the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. (372.265, F.S.)

It is unlawful to import or possess any marine plant or marine animal, not indigenous to the state, which, due to the stimulating effect of the waters of the state on procreation, may endanger or infect the marine resources of the state or pose a human health hazard, except as provided in this section. (370.081, F.S.)

Species with Restricted Possession requirements (68A-23.008, F.A.C.):
Tilapia (Oreochromis aureus, O. hornorum, O. mossambicus and O. niloticus), except that O. aureus may be possessed , cultured and transported without permit in the North Central Region (Citrus County only), Northeast, South and Southwest regions

Prohibited Non-native Aquatic Species (68A-23.008, F.A.C.)
Tilapias [Tilapia, Sarotherodon and Oreochromis genera) all species except Tilapia (Oreochromis) aurea, T. (O.) hornorum, T. (O.) mosambica and T. (O.) nilotica]

How can I obtain an application?

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Exotic Species Coordination Section
Farris Bryant Building
620 S. Meridian Avenue
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
Phone: (850) 488-4068
email: nonnativepermitapps@myfwc.com

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* Live Tilapia is a nonnative and restricted species that requires a permit in Florida to purchase, transport and sell.

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