The well meaning staffer at the state office recommended that I use Tilapia for the system, and said that Bluegill is actually not domestic to Massachusetts.
The verbal direction is diametrically different than how I read the code.
Then, one guy at the state agency suggested that I just go to a bait store and buy live golden shiners.... and he emphasized that I would not need a permit at all.
Peeps... I'm trying to do the right thing here... maintain the public trust by not violating any of the Commonwealth's laws. I just want to get fish to pooh in the tank so that I can grow vegetables. And it would be a shame if I couldn't use fish that live in the pond naturally just a mile away.
If all else fails, I can always go to PetSmart and buy some Goldfish.... but that just doesn't seem to be a cool way to go. It's not the money. I could buy a fishing license for $27 bucks, travel to a secret spot that Rich Mah knows about, and legally catch and transport 20 shiners or so. After paying for lunch and beers with Rich, that would be a lot more money than buying Goldfish.
Meanwhile, I'm taking delivery on the Aqua Rocs grow media which is being delivered to FedEx in North Reading where I will pick it up on Monday. That is the last piece of the puzzle left and I will be putting the system in the ground next weekend.