Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
After speaking to folks at Quarantine, if I understand correctly. The one-time use $20 permit is for one year. So after getting the permit, you can take up to a year to find your fish.
It works if you have a selected fish, that you are looking for and can't find locally. You'd have to be settled into what fish you want, get the permit and then start looking for a mainland seller willing to do their part. The permit not going to work for an impulse buy, however if you can plan out what you want and can be patient it will work.
Father of the Princess Zelda.