Importing fish is regulated to protect the health of Vermont's fish populations and prevent the introduction of fish and fish diseases that could harm the state’s fisheries.
The importation and possession of fish species in Vermont is controlled through a permitting process. A Fish Importation Permit is required before importing or possessing certain fish in Vermont.
Review the following lists to determine if a permit is required.
Learn about collaborative efforts to restore salmon to the Lake Champlain fisheries.
The introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) impacts the health of Vermont's waterbodies and aquatic communities by changing the surrounding ecosystem, and out-competing native species for food and habitat.
Nearly 50 non-native aquatic species are already established in Vermont waters, they include:
Habitat is key. It is the most important factor affecting wild trout distribution and abundance.
Water temperature is single most important factor limiting wild trout. Trout need cold water to survive. Cooler water temperature allows water to hold more oxygen.
Vermont's Fish Health program helps protect wild fish populations and fish reared at fish culture stations by preventing and managing serious fish diseases.
The program is responsible for:
When boating, fishing or recreating on Vermont waterways, you can help protect the health of aquatic ecosystems by taking these simple precautions.