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58 Pa. Code § 71.6. Prohibited acts.

§ 71.6. Prohibited acts.

 (a)  Except as otherwise provided in §  71.7 (relating to triploid grass carp), it is unlawful to introduce or import grass carp (white amur) into this Commonwealth. Except as otherwise provided in §  71.7, it is unlawful to possess grass carp (white amur) in this Commonwealth.

 (b)  It is unlawful to introduce tilapia, including blue tilapia and tilapia hybrids, into the waters of this Commonwealth.

 (c)  As an exception to subsection (a), § §  71.1 and 73.1 (relating to general; and transportation), the Executive Director may authorize the Research Division of the Bureau of Fisheries to possess grass carp (white amur) and introduce them into waters within the confines of the Commonwealth hatchery system as part of a carefully controlled research effort, subject to conditions as the Executive Director may prescribe.

 (d)  It is unlawful to possess the following live species in this Commonwealth. It is unlawful to introduce or import the following live species into the waters of this Commonwealth:

   (1)  Snakehead (all species).

   (2)  Black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus).

   (3)  Bighead carp (Hypophtalmichtys nobilis).

   (4)  Silver carp (Hypophtalmichtys molitrix).

   (5)  Zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha).

   (6)  Quagga mussel (Dreissena bugensis).

   (7)  Round goby (Neogobius melanostomus).

   (8)  Tubenose goby (Proterorhinus marmoratus).

   (9)  European rudd (Scardinius erythropthalmus).

   (10)  Crayfish (all species).

     (i)   Except when they are either:

       (A)   Possessed and used as bait on, in or about the water from which taken.

       (B)   Possessed or imported for testing and scientific purposes or restaurant consumption, adequate measures have been taken to prevent their escape and they are accompanied by documentation stating the point of origin and the destination to which they are to be delivered.

     (ii)   Except when used as bait as provided in this section, introduction of live crayfish (all species) into the waters of the Commonwealth is prohibited.

   (11)  Ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus).


   The provisions of this §  71.6 issued under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. § §  305, 322, 741, 928, 2102, 2307, 2711, 5122, 5123 and 5124; amended under the Fish and Boat Code, 30 Pa.C.S. § §  2102 and 2904.


   The provisions of this §  71.6 adopted December 28, 1984, effective December 29, 1984, 14 Pa.B. 4691; amended March 13, 1987, effective March 14, 1987, 17 Pa.B. 1088; amended February 3, 1989, effective February 4, 1989, 19 Pa.B. 405; amended June 11, 1993, effective January 1, 1994, 23 Pa.B. 2735; amended September 13, 2002, effective September 14, 2002, 32 Pa.B. 4485; amended September 5, 2003, effective September 6, 2003, 33 Pa.B. 4447; amended August 25, 2006, effective August 26, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 4724; amended July 3, 2014, effective January 1, 2015, 44 Pa.B. 4177. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (322558) and (360755).

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