§20-2-64. Regulating release of fish, water animal and other
aquatic organisms; stocking permit.
(a) It is unlawful for any person to release any fish, water
animal or other aquatic organism, alive or dead, or any part, nest
or egg thereof into the waters of this state except as authorized
by a stocking permit issued by the director: Provided, That
nothing in this subsection shall be construed as restricting the
release of fish, water animal or other aquatic organism into the
waters of this state from which they were taken by lawful methods:
Provided, however, That nothing in this subsection shall be
construed as restricting the release of native or established
species of fish in privately owned ponds.
(b) A stocking permit is not required for the stocking of
trout in waters of the state provided that the trout originate from
a source within the state or meet the disease free certification
requirements for imported salmondiae set forth in section thirteen
of this article.
(c) A stocking permit is not required for the stocking of
black bass provided that the division of natural resources is
notified prior to stocking and is provided a disease free