(a)  It is unlawful to transport, purchase, possess, sell or stock in the public or private waters of North Carolina any live individuals of:

(1)           piranha,

(2)           "walking catfish" (Clarias batrachus),

(3)           snakehead fish (from the Family Channidae, formerly Ophiocephalidae),

(4)           black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus),

(5)           bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis),

(6)           silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix),

(7)           rudd (Scardinius erythropthalomus),

(8)           round goby (Neogobius melanostomus),

(9)           tubenose goby (Proterorhinus marmoratus),

(10)         ruffe (Gymnocephalus cernuus),

(11)         Japanese mysterysnail (Cipangopaludina japonica),

(12)         Chinese mysterysnail (Cipangopaludina chinensis malleata),

(13)         red-rim melania (Melanoides tuberculatus),

(14)         virile crayfish (Orconectes (Gremicambarus) virilis),

(15)         rusty crayfish (Orconectes (Procericambarus) rusticus),

(16)         Australian red claw crayfish or "red claw" (Cherax quadricarinatus, or other species of "giant" crayfish species in the genus Cherax),

(17)         white amur or "grass carp" (Ctenopharyngodon idella),

(18)         swamp or "rice" eel (Monopterus albus),

(19)         red shiner (Cyprinella lutrensis),

(20)         zebra mussel (Dreissena polymorpha) or

(21)         quagga mussel (Dreissena rostriformis bugensis) or any mussel in the family Dreissenidae.

(b)  A person may buy, possess or stock triploid grass carp only for the purpose of controlling aquatic vegetation under a permit issued by the Executive Director when the director determines that conditions of such possession or stocking provide minimal probability of escape and threat to sensitive aquatic habitat and that the carp is certified to be sterile by genetic testing at a federal, state, or university laboratory.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-274(c)(1c); 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. September 1, 1984;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2001;

Amended Eff. July 18, 2002;

Temporary Amendment Eff. September 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2013; August 1, 2011; June 1, 2009, June 1, 2005; August 1, 2004.