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Can you sell live fish over the internet as an individual?

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Curious Jorge 
Asked at 2011.04.07 22:40:37
Just making sure it's not illegal for some reason and how I could do that? For example, if I wanted to sell a goldfish over eBay, how could I package and ship that? I know that you can buy live fish on eBay from big sellers but I've never bought one and I don't know how it's packaged.
answer DC  Answered at 2011.04.07 22:40:37
It's not illegal to sell fish over the internet, assuming the fish itself is not somehow restricted (endangered/invasive species, etc). Additionally, if the fish were to come from another country, there would also be import and inspection fees involved.

As to packaging the fish, they are placed in a shipping bag with some water (similar to how you would get them from a local store), and then packed in a box for shipping. The box itself is also padded - depending on the fish and/or seller, this can be anything from styrofoam and packing peanuts to something simple like crumbled-up newspaper. Depending on the weather, heat packs or cold packs can also be included to ensure the temperature doesn't become too uncomfortable. Shipping methods also vary - most commercial sellers will always use Next Day or Overnight to protect themselves, while most private sellers will often choose to use the more economical Priority instead.
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