It is unlawful to possess, introduce or import, transport, sell, purchase, offer for sale or barter the following live species in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Silver carp & Bighead carp
Silver carp & Bighead carp

Hypophtalmichtys molitrix & Hypophtalmichtys nobilis Photo credit: © Katie Steiger-Meister/USFWS

Rusty crayfish
Rusty crayfish

Orconectes rusticus Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org

Quagga mussels
Quagga mussels

Dreissena bugensis Photo credit: Lyndsey Manzo, Ohio Sea Grant & Stone Laboratory/Flickr

European rudd
European rudd

Scardinius erythropthalmus Photo credit: U.S. Geological Survey , U.S. Geological Survey, Bugwood.org

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission

 Banned Aquatic Invasive Species

Species Profiles

 View photos and profiles for each of the species listed in this category.

Common: Species found in at least 1/3 of Pennsylvania counties.

Uncommon: Species found in Pennsylvania, but not widespread (i.e., found in less than 1/3 of Pennsylvania counties.)

Not present: Species not yet found in Pennsylvania.

*Status column last updated in January 2019.