Departmental Reports


Title:

REPORT OF COMMTTEE ON IMPORTATION OF FISH AND FISH EGGS



Author(s):

Swingle, Homer, S. Snieszko and O. Kingsbury



Date: 1995



Funding Agency: American Fisheries Soviety



Keywords: fish diseases, importation, non-native, eggs, transport



Category: Domestic Funded Research Report



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Summary/Recommendations/Objectives:

It is believed
desirable that the laws or regulations adopted by

the States contain
the following provisions.

1. A permit should be
required for the importation of live fish

or fish eggs. This permit
might be for a period of one year or for one

shipment.

2. A certificate of
inspection of the live fish and fish eggs from

the originating
state or country should be required listing the parasites

and diseases
present.

3. The importer should
be required to hold the imported fish and fish eggs in special
holding facilities for a period of several days so

that they can be
inspected for disease, parasites or obnoxious species

before release for
sale or into the water of the State.

4. The importer
should be required to notify the State Inspection

Service as to the
expected date of arrival of each shipment and to treat,

disinfect or
dispose of diseased and parasitized fish and containers at

his own expense as
required by the Director following inspection.

5. Require the
routine treatment of all imported fish with

formaldehyde or
other approved chemicals for control of protozoan parasites.

6. Require all fish
to be transported into the State in water

containing l p.p.m.
acriflavin or other approved chemicals to prevent

spread of disease while in transit.

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