People acquire live fish, plant and animal species for a variety of reasons; part of which is to keep and appreciate them in aquaria or water gardens. However, when the growth of the aquatic invasive species challenge throughout the world is combined with the increased frequency of these pets being found in our environment and the potential of these species to create negative ecological, economic and human health threats, there is increased scrutiny on and growing negative perceptions about the aquarium and water garden hobbies.

As a result, the federal and state regulations that govern the actions relating to the movement of live species are relevant to you and your hobby. However, these laws are complex and varied within different geographic regions. We strongly encourage you to check with your primary state regulatory agency about the laws, statutes and regulations that must be followed for the list below: