Approved and Prohibited Freshwater Species


Species Restrictions Region of Origin
Channel Catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) and Channel (I. punctatus) x Blue Catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) hybrids Farm raised, heads only Alabama, Mississippi
Carp   Maine
Pickerel   Central Canada
Suckerfish   Maine, Canadian provinces of Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Any freshwater species that was legally harvested in Maine   Maine


Species Region of Origin Unacceptable Risk
All Carp, including Asian Carp (grass carp, common carp, Amur carp, silver carp, largescale, bighead carp, black carp, goldfish, crucian carp, mud carp) Asia, US (caught outside of Maine) & Canada. Carp caught in Maine ARE approved. Exotic pathogens
Catfish Asia Exotic pathogens
Gizzard Shad (Mud Shad) Central US & Virginia Unknown pathogen status
Northern Pike Central Canada Exotic pathogens
Sheepshead (Freshwater Drum) US & Canada Exotic pathogens
Farmed or Wild Tilapia Africa, Asia, Florida, Latin America and Vietnam Exotic pathogens

Last Updated June 24, 2020