Release/Movement of fish

Possession and transport of nonnative fishes Not a Mobile-Enabled Link is prohibited.

Northern black bass (Micropterus salmoides salmoides) are on the conditional non-native species list. Stocking of northern black bass south and east of the Suwannee River is prohibited. Pure Florida bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus) may only be purchased from permitted hatcheries with pure Florida bass stocks authenticated by the FWC. (See, select "Freshwater Fishing," then select "Pond Management" and "Commercial Sources of Fish." For details see Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. at

FWC Facts:
Freshwater fish have a series of sensory pores called the lateral line that detect movement and vibration in the water, which helps with predatory and schooling behavior.

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