Fish from Gabon

Here is a quick look at some of the fish I brought back from Gabon that are settling in well.  So far the only real disappointment were the mormyrids.  They did not last the quarantine.  One of the coolest is the freshwater pipefish (E. ansorgii).  Two of the males that I collected were carrying fry, so now I have MANY of them.  They seem to be eating well (paramecium and baby brine).  Hopefully they will grow up and add to the group of five adults I collected.  Even better… maybe the adults will breed!

5 Replies to “Fish from Gabon”

  1. Verry nice fish!! I like the little catfish, looks verry cool. I have always wanted to go and collect fish from my homeland in Laos, but i dont now how. What are the legal steps that I have to go through to be able to bring fish back to the US?

  2. Legally you can bring up to 7 fish back with you for personal use. Any number above that requires a USFWS import permit ($100/yr) and an inspection fee ($165) when you bring the fish in. You must declare the fish in a USFWS port of entry city (there are several), and let the officers know that you are coming a few days in advance.

  3. Hey Ted, so does that apply for any legal fish from another country? Because I might be going to Malawi for an internship and I was thinking about bringing a few fish back. Also I was wondering where I can look that up?

    1. Some countries have strict export laws. I think Malawi is one, so you should check with them to see what it takes to get fish out. As far as the USA is concerned, so long as the fish is not a CITES or illegal invasive (such as a Clarias catfish or snakehead) you can bring back 7 fish for personal use. Anything over that is considered commercial (that is the letter of the law), but just a few over and a cooperative attitude will usually get them through.

  4. As a snakehead angler, I was both amused and amazed at the furor that eruped in Crofton, Maryland during the summer of 2002. Eric Jay Dolin has captured the true essence of a most unlikely series of events, from the capture of the first unidentifiable fish to the final extermination of a pond full of them.Both humorous and informative, his book explains the evolution of the snakehead myth, the media hyperbole, the bureaucratic process, the public’s reaction and the true characteristics of this fascinating species of fish.Most importantly, he highlights the continuing efforts required to control invasive species that enter into our local environments.Since I had personal experince with Snakeheads prior to the Crofton event, I followed the stories and exaggerations with keen interest, and some dismay, during that summer. Eric’s book serves to shine the light of reality and reason on a very emotional topic. He has done a fine job of putting the entire episode into perspective.I recommend this book not only to anglers, but to anyone who is concerned with the control of alien species. I will continue to fish for snakeheads. I will travel half way around the world to do so. I’m glad that they are not an American sportfish. Otherwise, I would not have a valid reason to pursue them in the remote regions of Southeast Asia. Their natural habitat includes some of the most unspoiled and beautiful areas on earth. That is where I want to be.

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