Question: Is it permissible to eat a fish that was found dead floating in water?

Answer: It is not permissible to consume a fish that died from a natural death and is found floating in water. However, if a fish died due to any external factor such as heat, cold, an attack from a sea bird, colliding with rocks, etc. it will be permissible to consume it.
ولا يحل حيوان ماءي الا السمك ... غير الطافي على وجه الماء مات حتف انفه (رد المحتار ج 6 ص 302)

Yusuf Moosagie

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