Asian Arowana is ILLEGAL IN USA! This is for informational purposes ONLY and to bring traffic to our site!
If you see Asian Arowana for sale in the USA for a cheap price, it's a scam. They also usually have other high end fish for cheap such as L046, snakeheads, etc. You will see this a lot of Facebook. IT'S A SCAM!
We are aware of most fish that are illegal in each state, but that list can change at any time, so it is up to the buyer to research that species of fish to make sure it’s not illegal such as stingrays in California. Please do not ask about Snakeheads or Asian Arowana, those fish are completely illegal to import and possess in the United States.
CITES regulates the international trade in species listed on its Appendices, including Asian Arowana, which is listed on Appendix I. This means that no commercial international trade in this species is allowed. Captive bred specimens are exempted under certain circumstances.
The Asian Arowana, Scleropages formosus, is protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under the ESA, it is unlawful to import, export, take, transport, sell, purchase, or receive in interstate or foreign commerce any species listed as endangered or threatened. You can view the list of species protected under ESA.
Please be advised that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) treaty, in Article 14, states that the provisions in CITES shall in no way affect the right of party countries to adopt stricter domestic legislation regarding the trade in CITES specimens. The ESA is our “stricter domestic legislation.”
Therefore, even if the trade in Asian Arowana’s is allowed by CITES, it is still prohibited under the ESA.