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Restricted species

Live specimens of Conditional (68-5.002(1), F.A.C.) and Prohibited (68-5.003(1), F.A.C.) nonnative species may not be possessed. Northern black bass (Micropterus salmoides salmoides) are on the conditional nonnative species list. Stocking northern black bass is prohibited. Pure Florida bass (Micropterus salmoides floridanus) may only be purchased from permitted hatcheries with pure Florida bass stocks authenticated by the FWC. (See MyFWC.com/Fishing, select "Freshwater Fishing," then select "Pond Management" and "Commercial Sources of Fish." For details see Chapter 68-5, F.A.C. at www.FLrules.org.)