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Triploid White Amur/Grass Carp Permit

Triploid White Amur/Grass Carp Permits are issued annually by the ODNR, Division of Wildlife through our online permit application process or District and Sandusky Fisheries and Enforcement Unit offices. There is currently no annual fee for this permit.

Only certified triploid grass carp may be imported and released into Ohio waters. Only private waters may be stocked.  Permit holders may not rear or release aquatic species including triploid white amur/grass carp in waters other than those under private control - including any body of water that would allow egress of the fish into public waters or waters of the state. Triploid white amur may be released into secured, municipal private waters by first obtaining written permission from the Chief of the Division of Wildlife or his designee. Please see below and refer to the Aquaculture Law Digest for information on Triploid White Amur permits.

Additional Information:

It shall be unlawful for any person to import or sell triploid white amur within this state without first applying for and receiving a permit from the Division of Wildlife. It shall be unlawful to import or sell triploid white amur except in accordance with the specifications and limitations, as prescribed in the permit. All rules and regulations in the ORC and OAC for possession, transportation, sale, or purchase of fish shall apply for triploid white amur. 

Records, as required by the Chief of the Division of Wildlife, shall be maintained and open to inspection at all reasonable hours by wildlife officers or any designee of the Chief. Provided further, such officers may enter and inspect designated premises and any box, package, or receptacle and the contents for the purpose of determining whether any provision of the law is being violated. 

Persons authorized by the Division of Wildlife to import or sell triploid white amur shall import and/or sell only triploid white amur that are certified triploid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or other person or agency approved by the Chief, and shall retain for a period of not less than three years all records of sales of triploid white amur. 

Persons authorized by the Division of Wildlife to import or sell triploid white amur shall annually report in writing to the Chief of the Division of Wildlife, the total number of triploid white amur sold and the total number purchased during each month of the year for which authorization to import or sell triploid white amur has been given. Such report shall be due in the office of the Chief of the Division of Wildlife no later than January thirty-first of the year following the year being reported. 

Persons authorized by the Division of Wildlife to import or sell triploid white amur shall notify the Chief of the Division of Wildlife in writing of each sale of triploid white amur in excess of one hundred fish. Such notification shall identify the name and address of the purchaser, the date of the sale, and the number of triploid white amur sold. It shall be due in the office of the Chief within fifteen days of the sale.

If you are a State of Ohio Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Office and you are holding a “parking lot” sale of fish for a day, the fish dealer/importer will need to purchase and hold the Triploid White Amur/Triploid Grass Carp Permit, Fish Transportation Permit, and Fish Importation Permit (if necessary). Ohio SWCD’s are not required to purchase permits for these short, periodic sales events. 

Be sure to have your permit in by May 1st if you want to be included on the Propagators List which is made available to the public on our website and in publication.

Please visit The Ohio State University's Aquaculture Program website or the Ohio Aquaculture Association website for information on fish culture methods, nutritional requirements, aquaculture system design and management, species selection and water quality management for existing and prospective aquaculturists.