Subdivision 1. Prohibited exotic species. The commissioner may issue a permit for the propagation, possession, importation, purchase, or transport of a prohibited exotic species for the purposes of disposal, control, research, or education.
Subd. 2. Regulated exotic species. The commissioner may issue a permit for the introduction of a regulated exotic species.
Subd. 2a. Harvest of bait from infested waters. The commissioner may issue a permit to allow the harvest of bait from waters that are designated as infested waters, except those designated because they contain prohibited exotic species of fish. The permit shall include conditions necessary to avoid spreading harmful exotic species. Before receiving a permit, a person annually must satisfactorily complete harmful exotic species-related training provided by the commissioner.
Subd. 3. Standard. The commissioner may issue a permit under this section only if the commissioner determines that the permitted activity would not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to natural resources or their use in the state. The commissioner may deny, issue with conditions, modify, or revoke a permit under this section as necessary to ensure that the proposed activity will not pose an unreasonable risk of harm to natural resources or their use in the state.
Subd. 4. Appeal of permit decision. A permit decision may be appealed as a contested case under chapter 14.