"How Much Fresh Fish Can I Bring Back From Panama?" (Good Question)
Wednesday, January 25 2012 @ 09:39 am EST
Contributed by: Don Winner
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.
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