DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES  
FISHERIES DIVISION  
IMPORTATION AND TRANSPORTATION OF FISH AND EGGS  
(By authority conferred on the director of the department of natural resources by  
sections 5 and 5a of Act No. 196 of the Public Acts of 1957, as amended, and by sections  
9 and 353 of Act No. 380 of the Public Acts of 1965, being SS308.115, 308.115a,  
16.109, and 16.353 of the Michigan Compiled Laws)  
R 299.1051 Importation, transportation, and sale of live fishes or viable eggs of  
the salmonidae family.  
Rule 1. (1) No person shall import live fishes or viable eggs of the family of the  
salmonidae from without the state or transport or sell such fishes or viable eggs within  
the state, except under authority of a permit issued by the director of the department of  
natural resources, hereinafter  
referred to as the director.  
(2) Applications for permits to import or transport live fishes or viable eggs of the  
family salmonidae shall be made on forms provided by the director and shall contain  
the following data and such other  
information as may be required for the purpose of controlling the spread of diseases of  
fishes, including, but not limited to, infectious pancreatic necrosis (IPN); viral  
hemorrhagic septicemia (egtved virus); and myxosoma cerebralis (whirling disease):  
(a) species, (b) name and address of shipper, (c) name of carrier, (d) type of  
transportation, (e) name and address of hatchery where fishes or eggs were produced, (f)  
name of broker through whom shipment is made, if any, and (g) the approximate  
number or weight of fishes or eggs to be imported or transported.  
(3) Importation permits will be issued only for fish stock or eggs, or both, from sources  
certified free of IPN, egtved, whirling disease, or other diseases of fishes which may  
threaten resident fish stocks. The certification shall be made by a person holding a  
degree from an accredited college in 1 of the sciences and specializing in diseases of  
fishes and whose name appears on a register to be established and maintained by  
the director. Certification shall be reviewed not less frequently than once every 6  
months.  
(4) Fish stocks of the family salmonidae held or in transport under authority of a  
game fish breeder's license shall be subject to inspection by designated representatives of  
the director. Such inspection may include removal of reasonable quantities of stock for  
biological samples.  
(5) Permits to sell and transport fishes or eggs within the state shall be issued only for  
stocks certified to be free of diseases, including, but not limited to, IPN, egtved, and  
whirling disease. Permits to sell and transport fishes and eggs within the state shall be  
issued for a time period not to exceed 6 months.  
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(6) Commencing August 15, 1969, licensed game fish breeders shall have available  
for examination by the director or his designated representatives records of  
inventory of fish stocks as of August 15, 1969, and evidence of all purchases and sales of  
fishes and viable eggs made subsequent to August 15, 1969, except that the records  
need be maintained in any year for the current year and the 2 prior years only.  
Information obtained from such records shall be confidential to the department of  
natural resources.  
History: 1979 AC.  
R 299.1052 Importation of other species.  
Rule 2. No fish or eggs of the species misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Japanese  
weatherfish), ctenopharyngodon idellus (grass carp), leuciscus idus (ide), scardinius  
erythrophthalamus (rudd), rhodeus sericeus (bitterling) or tinca tinca (tench) shall be  
imported into Michigan except by permit issued by the director.  
History: 1979 AC.  
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