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Aquatic Invasive Species - Fish

Report aquatic invasive species

DNR is seeking sighting information for invasive species in Indiana. If you believe you have spotted an invasive species, report it and, if possible, get pictures to assist in expert identification.

Prohibited Invasive Fish

  • The Exotic Fish Rule (312 IAC 9-6-7) designates 13 species or families of invasive fish as prohibited species. This rule makes it illegal to import, possess, propagate, buy, sell, barter, trade, transfer, loan, or release into public or private waters any of the following fish. An individual who takes possession of a fish listed below is not in violation if the fish is killed immediately upon capture. A number of these species or families are federally regulated as well.
Common nameScientific nameInformation
Bighead Carp**Hypophthalmichthys nobilisSpecies Profile
Black Carp**Mylopharyngodon piceusSpecies Profile, Black carp in Indiana
Round GobyNeogobius melanostomusSpecies Profile
RuddScardinius erythrophthalmusSpecies Profile
RuffeGymnocephalus cernuusSpecies Profile
Silver Carp**Hypophthalmic molitrixSpecies Profile
Snakehead**Family ChannidaeSpecies Profile
Stone Moroko**Pseudorasbora parva 
Tubenose GobyProterorhinus marmoratusSpecies Profile
Walking Catfish**Family ClariidaeSpecies Profile
Wels Catfish**Silurus glanis 
White PerchMorone americanaSpecies Profile
Zander**Sander luciopercaSpecies Profile

** Indicates fish that are federal injurious species (https://www.fws.gov/injuriouswildlife/pdf_files/Current_Listed_IW.pdf)

Other Regulated Invasive Fish or Species of Concern

Common NameScientific nameInformation
AlewifeAlosa pseudoharengus312 IAC 9-6-8, Species Profile
Common CarpCyprinus carpio312 IAC 9-6-8, Species Profile
Grass CarpCtenopharyngodon idella312 IAC 9-10-17, Species Profile
Sea LampreyPetromyzon marinusSpecies Profile