Moving live fish, aquatic plants, or mussels from one body of water to another can cause irreversible damage to  the ecological balance of Georgia lakes, rivers and streams.

Examples In and Near Our State

The quality of largemouth bass, bream, and crappie fishing in Georgia mountain lakes has declined following the illegal introduction of blueback herring.

Georgia's best smallmouth bass fishery, Lake Chatuge, was lost to illegally-stocked spotted bass. The only remaining smallmouth bass fishery, Lake Blue Ridge, also is threatened by spotted bass competition.

The genetic purity of shoal bass is compromised due to the illegal introduction of spotted bass on the Flint River.