Asian Arowana Breeding Farms




Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna
Since 1989 CITES began allowing Asian Arowanas to be traded. The rule was passed with the condition that Arowanas must have been bred in captivity on a CITES registered breeding farm for at least two generations. The first of those farms to be registered by CITES was in Indonesia.

Captive-bred Asian Arowanas are legal for trade under CITES and are documented in two ways:

Breeding farms must provide a certificate of authenticity with a unique serial number.


Each Arowana must receive an implanted microchip – integrated transponder (PIT) that uniquely tracks and identifies each fish.


Singapore Governments Agri-Food And Veterinary Authority
Later, Singapore Governments Agri-Food And Veterinary Authority (AVA) collaborated with local breeding exporters in a captive breeding program to become the first country in the world to be certified by CITES for commercial trade.

CITE Registered Countries

Only three countries have CITE registered breeders that commercially export Asian Arowanas around the globe.


Some countries, such as the United States, prohibit any possession of Asian Arowanas and will need special permits to keep them in the country. Join LiveExoticImports today and support our US hobbyists by petitioning and rallying for the US Government & Endangered Species Act (ESA) to permit commercial importation of Asian Arowanas into the US.

To find out if your country has any special permits or rules, please contact us today!