General Permit for dead red swamp crayfish

Red swamp crayfish (also known as Louisiana crawfish, scientific name: Procambarus clarkii), commonly used in crawfish boils is a prohibited invasive species in Minnesota. Due to the risks they pose to natural resources, we are not able to issue permits for this species to be kept or transported alive in Minnesota.

If you would like to consume crayfish in Minnesota, you may use the general permit below to import nonliving red swamp crayfish (frozen, pre-cooked, etc.), or consider these other options for crayfish consumption.

To use this permit

  1. Download the permit.
  2. Read the permit eligibility and conditions. Note that the person responsible for activities under the permit must be at least 18 years of age.
  3. Read the permit conditions carefully and ensure that you can comply with those conditions.
  4. Completely fill out the permit, sign it (electronic signatures accepted), and email it to [email protected].
  5. Have a copy of the signed permit available while in possession of the dead crayfish.

General Permit


Rafael Contreras-Rangel, AIS in Commerce Prevention Planner, [email protected], 651-259-5350.

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