(1) Application for an import permit must be made by the owner of the destination
facility. The application must be received at least 10 working days prior to
the date of importation by the Fisheries Division of the Montana Department of
Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Helena, Montana, 59620.
(2) A permit application shall
specify species, number, size, source, destination, and date and method of shipment.
If the destination is a private pond, the private pond license number shall
also be included in the application. No import permit will be authorized to a
private pond which is not licensed by the department for the species requested
for importation. A copy of any required disease-free certifications shall
be submitted with the permit application, along with other disease or
inspection information concerning the shipment that may be needed to evaluate
the disease risk of the importation. Requests for a permit to import salmonid
fish will not be considered unless a disease certification or fish health
inspection report of the source of the importation is included with the
(3) No import permit for
salmonid fish shall be issued unless the source is certified free of pathogens
determined by the department to pose a threat to existing fisheries. No import
permit for salmonid eggs shall be issued unless the source is certified free of
pathogens determined by the department to pose a threat to existing fisheries
with the following exceptions. Salmonid eggs from a source known to contain
Myxobolus cerebralis, causative agent of salmonid whirling disease,
ruckeri (ERM disease agent) : or Aeromonas salmonicida, causative agent of
furunculosis, or from a source which is in a river drainage known to contain
Myxobolus cerebralis, Yersinia ruckeri, or Aeromonas salmonicida may be imported
into Montana under the following conditions provided they are free of all other
infectious agents listed in this rule:
(a) eggs must be water
hardened in an iodophor containing a minimum of 75 mg/l active iodine for a
minimum of 30 minutes;
must have been incubated from time of egg collection to date of shipping in
water free of Myzobolus cerebralis spores;
must be disinfected with an iodophor solution containing a minimum of 100 mg/l
active iodine for a minimum of 10 minutes before shipping and again upon
arrival at their destination in Montana prior to entering any Montana water;
shipping containers must be burned and no water from the shipment may be
allowed to enter any water in Montana; and
imported under this exception may only be imported with the recommendation of
the department and authorization by the director of the department.
addition to the certification requirements, no live salmonid fish may be
imported into Montana which are exhibiting clinical sign of any disease or are
known to be infected with any infectious disease agent that may pose threat of
harm to native or existing fish populations in Montana.
(5) Import permit requests for live non-salmonid fish or eggs will be
considered on a case-by-case basis. Disease certification
inspections may be required prior to issuance of an import permit for live non-salmonid
fish or eggs. Certification will be required under the following circumstances:
from a source or drainage which is known to contain pathogens determined by the
department to pose a threat to existing fisheries. The department may deny any
request for a permit it considers a substantial disease risk.
(b) where salmonids are also raised at the source, the source must be inspected and
certified free of designated salmonid pathogens.
import permit must be obtained prior to any importation and a copy of the
import permit must accompany the importation.
department may deny any import permit request it determines may pose a threat
of harm to existing fisheries, even if the source or importation has been
inspected and no designated pathogens were detected. For example, import
permits for fish or eggs from anadromous stocks or drainages to which
anadromous fish have access may be denied regardless of disease certification
status of the importation or source.
(8) The department may condition
the permit in order to prevent or reduce risk, as, for example, requiring
iodophor disinfection of eggs.