The Vermont Statutes Online
§ 4605. Placing fish in waters; fish importation permits
(a) A person shall not introduce or attempt to introduce any fish into any waters except private ponds lacking access to other waters of the State without a permit issued by the Commissioner under this section or rules adopted by the Commissioner under subsection (c) of this section.
(b) A person shall not bring into the State for the purpose of planting or introducing, or to plant or introduce, into any of the inland or outlying waters of the State any live fish or the live spawn thereof, unless, upon application in writing therefor, the person obtains from the Commissioner a permit so to do.
(c) The Commissioner may, by rule:
(1) Require a permit to introduce or attempt to introduce specific fish species into a specific water of the State based on management purposes.
(2) Prohibit the introduction or attempt at introduction of fish to specific waters of the State based on management purposes, ecosystem considerations, or the health and safety of Vermont's fish population.
(3) Adopt a list of fish that if introduced into Vermont waters, have the potential to cause harm to the fish population of the State. A person shall not possess or bring into the State any fish on the list unless the person has received a permit issued pursuant to this subsection. The Commissioner may issue a permit allowing importation and possession of a fish on the list, provided the fish is to be kept in a controlled situation and used for a public purpose such as research or education.
(d) Applicants shall pay a permit fee of $50.00. The Commissioner or duly authorized agents shall make such investigation and inspection of the fish as they may deem necessary, and then the importation permit may be granted pursuant to regulations that the Board shall prescribe. The Commissioner may waive the permit fee required under this subsection for organizations cooperating or partnering with the Department. The Commissioner or duly authorized agents shall make a determination on the permit within 10 days of receiving the application. The Department may dispose of unlawfully imported fish as it may judge best, and the State may collect damages from the violator of this subsection for all expenses incurred.
(e) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the Board, the Commissioner, or their duly authorized agents from bringing into the State for the purpose of planting, introducing, or stocking, or from planting, introducing, or stocking any fish in the State.
(f) In any permit issued under this section, the Commissioner may include conditions that ensure the health and safety of Vermont's fish population. (Added 1961, No. 119, § 1, eff. May 9, 1961; amended 1981, No. 85, § 7; 1997, No. 155 (Adj. Sess.), § 44, eff. Jan. 1, 1999; 2005, No. 42, § 2; 2015, No. 145 (Adj. Sess.), § 3, eff. Jan. 1, 2017.)