Crayfish Shipping Regulations
As per section 671 of the Ca. Code of Regulations/Title 14, prohibited
crustaceans include: All species of the family Cambaridae (Crayfish)
(except Procambarus clarkii and Orconectes virilis which are
To protect and conserve Florida's natural aquatic resources and help
ensure public safety, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
prohibits or restricts certain non-native fishes and aquatic fauna.
Moreover, no person shall allow or permit any freshwater aquatic organism not
native to the state to remain in the waters of any pond which is not maintained
or operated for the production of such non-native species.
RED CLAW CRAYFISH (Cherax
Common Names - red claw crayfish
Potential Concerns - This is the only species of
Australian crayfish allowed in Florida and it is restricted to tank culture
RED SWAMP and WHITE RIVER CRAYFISH
(Procambarus clarkii, P. acutus (zonangulas)) Common Names - Red Swamp
crayfish and White River or crawfish
Potential Concerns - Procambarus clarkii
and P. zonangulus are specifically restricted, except that pond culture
is prohibited. They may be possessed west of the Apalachicola River or imported
for direct sale to food wholesalers and retailers without a permit. They are
widely cultivated as food (especially the red swamp) and bait (especially the
white river) in Louisiana and elsewhere. As a close relative to native species
it would likely be able to thrive in Florida and compete with numerous
threatened species of crayfish that are endemic to Florida. In other places
where it has become established (e.g., Ohio and Spain) concern with impacts on
aquatic plant communities has been significant.
(Cherax spp., except for
quardicarinatus in tank culture)
Common Names - Australian crayfish or
crawfish, Marron (Cherax tenuimanus), Koonac (Cherax plebejus), Yabby (Cherax
albidus) and Glilgie (Cherax quinquecarinatus)
Potential Concerns - Australian
crayfish, except for tank culture of the red claw crayfish is prohibited due to
potential conflict with numerous threatened native crayfish and impacts on dikes
and the food chain.
Ornamental shrimp and crayfish are prohibited from importation into the State of Hawaii.
protection to the native species of our State, the
Washington Administrative Code prohibits the
possession of all Cambarid crawfish and all
Parastacids except for the genera Engaeos, or 3
species of Cherax.
220-12-090 Classification -- Nonnative aquatic
animal species. (1) Prohibited aquatic animal
species. The following species are classified as
prohibited aquatic animal species:
. . .
. . .
(iii) Family Cambaridae: Crayfish: All genera.
(iv) Family Parastacidae: Crayfish: All genera
except Engaeos, and except the species Cherax
quadricarinatus, Cherax papuanus, and Cherax
(2) Regulated aquatic animal species. The following
species are classified as regulated aquatic animal
All nonnative crustaceans classified as shellfish.