Md. Code Regs. - Snakehead Prohibitions

A. Except as authorized by 50 CFR Part 16, a person may not import, transport, or introduce into the State any live fish or viable eggs of snakehead fish of the Family Channidae, including but not limited to:
(1) African snakehead (Parachanna obscura);
(2) Bangka snakehead (Channa bankanensis);
(3) Baram snakehead (Channa baramensis);
(4) Barca snakehead (Channa barca);
(5) Black snakehead (Channa melasoma);
(6) Blackfinned snakehead (Channa melanoptera);
(7) Blotched snakehead (Channa maculata);
(8) Bluespotted snakehead (Channa cyanospilos);
(9) Bullseye snakehead (Channa marulius);
(10) Burmese snakehead (Channa burmanica);
(11) Ceylon snakehead (Channa orientalis);
(12) Chel snakehead (Channa amphibeus);
(13) Chevron snakehead (Channa striata);
(14) Chinese snakehead (Channa asiatica);
(15) Congo snakehead (Parachanna insignis);
(16) Dwarf snakehead (Channa gachua);
(17) Emperor snakehead (Channa maruloides);
(18) Giant snakehead (Channa micropeltes);
(19) Golden snakehead (Channa stewartii);
(20) Inle snakehead (Channa harcourtbutleri);
(21) Niger snakehead (Parachanna africana);
(22) Night snakehead (Channa nox);
(23) Northern snakehead (Channa argus);
(24) Ocellated snakehead (Channa pleurophthalmus);
(25) Orangespotted snakehead (Channa aurantimaculata);
(26) Panaw snakehead (Channa panaw);
(27) Rainbow snakehead (Channa bleheri);
(28) Splendid snakehead (Channa lucius); and
(29) Spotted snakehead (Channa punctata).
B. A person may not sell or breed live snakehead fish of the Family Channidae in the State.
C. Except as provided in §D of this regulation, a person may not possess the viable eggs or live snakehead fish of the species:
(1) Blotched snakehead (Channa maculata); and
(2) Northern snakehead (Channa argus).
D. Except as described in §E of this regulation, an individual may only possess a snakehead if, immediately upon capture, the

(1) Head of the snakehead is immediately removed;

(2) Body is gutted;

(3) Gill arches are removed from both sides of the fish; or

(4) Fish is filleted snakehead is killed.

E. The Department may issue a permit for the possession of a live snakehead fish for scientific purposes to a properly accredited person of known scientific attainment.


Md. Code Regs.
Regulations .06 adopted effective November 6, 2006 (33:22 Md. R. 1731)
Regulation .06E adopted as an emergency provision effective July 16, 2009 (35:17 Md. R. 1309); adopted permanently effective September 21, 2009 (36:19 Md. R. 1435)
Regulation .06E amended effective 40:21 Md. R. 1774, eff.10/28/2013
Regulations .06 amended effective 41:19 Md. R. 1076, eff.9/29/2014 ; amended effective 46:14 Md. R. 621, eff. 7/15/2019

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