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Old 08-25-2011, 01:34 PM   #1
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Is it illegal to take saltwater fish such as clowns and tangs for example from the oc

Is it illegal to take saltwater fish such as clowns and tangs for example from the ocean and put them in a personal tank?
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Old 08-25-2011, 01:38 PM   #2
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I think it is. You might wanna check the laws in the state or providence you are thinking of taking from.

me personally I woudln't do it. The prices of those fish arent so extreme to warrant stealing from the reefs.

Just my opinion though. Others may say its fine.....
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Old 08-25-2011, 05:00 PM   #3
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Is it illegal to take saltwater fish such as clowns and tangs for example from the ocean and put them in a personal tank?
More than likely it is, not to mention the types of fines and punishments if you get caught, def recommend much deeper research
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Hmm,i don't know if it is ..
Not sure i would understand why,if it was though..
If your out fishing legally on a boat and reel in queen trigger(which there is a you tube vid of)or a nice french angel,why couldn't you keep it.If i was out and caught an angel or trigger,i'm keeping it ..Someone else would just catch them just to eat them anyway
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Hmm,i don't know if it is ..
Not sure i would understand why,if it was though..
If your out fishing legally on a boat and reel in queen trigger(which there is a you tube vid of)or a nice french angel,why couldn't you keep it.If i was out and caught an angel or trigger,i'm keeping it ..Someone else would just catch them just to eat them anyway
It falls mainly on the fact that if someone doesnt control the harvesting of wildlife, then naturally we will quickly wipe them out. No different than fishing, there are certain species and detdrmining factors (size,gender etc) that guide if a fish Is legal. Professional harvesters have to pay for a specific license and in most cases are limited in what they catch, the only risky part is actually catching a fish and getting it home without being caught
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:15 PM   #6
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Yes, it is illegal. I'm an attorney licensed in California.
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Old 08-26-2011, 12:30 PM   #7
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But is it illegal only off the coast of California? I would imagine that you can collect somewhere in the world in natural waters, but I wouldn't do it even if it was legal. I'd prefer to be there as an observer only so that others can enjoy after me. Same reason I catch and release when I fish.
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it varies from state to state and country to country, when i went snorkeling in Cancun, there were some absolutely gorgeous fish, but there was a VERY strict no capture policy, and if you got caught taking fish...well lets just say it wouldnt be anywhere near fun. But in the same sense, I've heard of some members on here going overseas and paying to catch wild marine fish, so its really dependent on where youre wanting to catch them at
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Laws vary, in Florida it is relatively easy to get a permit to collect fish although I don't do it. Corals and rock are a different story.
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I don't think I'd be collecting any corals in FL these days. Not since hearing a few weeks ago about how human feces in the water is killing off the coral ecosystem.
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