Conditional & Prohibited Nonnative Species

Conditional Nonnative Wildlife

Conditional nonnative species (formerly referred to as restricted species) are considered to be dangerous to the ecology and/or the health and welfare of the people of Florida.  These species are not allowed to be personally possessed, although exceptions are made by permit from the Executive Director for research, commercial use (with security measures to prevent escape or release) or public exhibition purposes.

Facilities with an Aquaculture Certificate of RegistrationExternal Website (AQ) and authorization to possess conditional species are not required to obtain an FWC conditional species permit to import conditional species to be used in aquaculture activities.  However, aquaculturists that import or purchase fish for direct retail sale must obtain an FWC permit in addition to an AQ.

Prohibited Nonnative Wildlife

Prohibited nonnative species are considered to be dangerous to the ecology and/or the health and welfare of the people of Florida.  These species are not allowed to be personally possessed or used for commercial activities.  Very limited exceptions may be made by permit from the Executive Director for research or for public exhibition by facilities that meet biosecurity criteria, although no exceptions are made for piranha and pirambeba; these two species are not allowed to be possessed by anyone at anytime.

Conditional and Prohibited Species Rules and Permit Information

Rules concerning prohibited nonnative species are found in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C.



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Manatees are found throughout rivers, springs and shallow coastal waters of Florida and nearby states. They have been seen as far west as Texas and as far north as Virginia.

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