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"How Much Fresh Fish Can I Bring Back From Panama?" (Good Question)

FishingBy DON WINNER for Panama-Guide.com - Received this morning via email: "I will be fishing in Panama this coming april. I would like to know the amount of fish that I can being home with me to the US. Also, the species such as tuna, gouper, etc. Thank you. LNS."

Excellent Question: However, I have no friggin' idea as to what the answer might be. I have no idea if it's even possible to transport fresh fish back to the United States from Panama in a cooler or whatever. I know there are restrictions on things like meat and produce for example. I'm hoping maybe a professional fishing guide or someone who has already been down this road might know the answer. It's an important issue for those who spend big bucks to charter fishing trips in Panama as tourists. These people leave a lot of money behind, mostly because the fishing is great down here. If you're a professional or a charter and you provide the correct answer, I'll include a link (freebie) to your page. So, please provide the response in the comments section below - enlighten us, Obi Wan Fish Snatcher... Thanks.

I Got The Answer: I just spoke to Capt. Lee from the Panama Big Game Fishing Club. He said it's legal to bring home frozen fish in a cooler, but you can't use any dry ice or fresh ice. You just freeze the fish solid and it keeps itself cold. Lee said there's really no limit as to the amount of fish you want to bring back beyond the weight limits established by the airline - and whatever you bring back in fish weight counts against your baggage limits, obviously. Lee also said anyone who really wants to do this should check with the airlines first because the rules and regulations are changing constantly. But in the end, Lee said there are very few people who end up bringing fish back to the United States with them, that most choose to let the fish swim away to fight another day.

Copyright 2012 by Don Winner for Panama-Guide.com. Go ahead and use whatever you like as long as you credit the source. Salud.

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\"How Much Fresh Fish Can I Bring Back From Panama?\" (Good Question)
Authored by: Anonymous on Wednesday, January 25 2012 @ 10:54 am EST

Good morning,

I have been coming to Panama for many years and I fish on Lake Gatun. I bring back peacock bass every year. A cooler counts as your 2nd bag on Copa Airlines. Since it counts as a bag all weight restrictions are in effect. I put my filleted fish in zip lock bags and freeze them in my freezer in my kitchen at Torres de Albe. (All free advertisement here) It is not a problem with clearing customs in the US. Airlines: no ice no dry ice.

\"How Much Fresh Fish Can I Bring Back From Panama?\" (Good Question)
Authored by: Anonymous on Thursday, January 26 2012 @ 08:48 am EST

You could stash a shitload of coca in that fish -- pay for the trip!