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#12436840 - 09/22/17 09:49 AM Legal or Not ?
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Recently I visited a local Marina and saw an aquarium (hidden from the public) with a couple of baby Tarpon in it, say a foot or so long. Is this legal?
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#12436845 - 09/22/17 09:52 AM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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What state was this in? You said 'local', but just want to be sure we're talking Texas.
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#12436850 - 09/22/17 09:54 AM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: Uncle Zeek]
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Originally Posted By: Uncle Zeek
What state was this in? You said 'local', but just want to be sure we're talking Texas.

Galveston....
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#12436870 - 09/22/17 10:01 AM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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Illegal. Minimum length to possess is 85 inches.
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#12436878 - 09/22/17 10:05 AM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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Next time I go there I MAY find out why they are in there.
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#12437530 - 09/22/17 03:45 PM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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#12437861 - 09/22/17 07:52 PM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: 5Redman8]
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Originally Posted By: 5Redman8

Nope...
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#12438876 - 09/23/17 06:21 PM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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Not legal
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#12441123 - 09/25/17 01:54 PM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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Thought about it & did some reading. If I had to argue for the person with the aquarium, it would probably be over the definition of "possession". Fish are not in "possession" at someone's home. I suppose the marina owner could claim that the place is his home. Maybe.

But in order to get the undersize tarpon to that 'home', he'd still have to possess them between time of catch and transportation to the aquarium. I suppose it might be possible to get a permit to keep such fish in an aquarium setting, but in that case, wouldn't the owner display the fish publicly?

*edit* On further reflection, maybe you can argue that an aquarium can count as a private pond.

Yes, I'm trying to be devil's advocate trying to think of ways that this could be legal.


Edited by Uncle Zeek (09/25/17 02:05 PM)
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#12441541 - 09/25/17 06:26 PM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: V-Bottom]
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why would you want to keep Tarpon?

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#12444035 - 09/27/17 11:37 AM Re: Legal or Not ? [Re: formula462]
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Originally Posted By: formula462
why would you want to keep Tarpon?


Because how freaking cool is it to drop some gold fish in there at feeding time?
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