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Marine Ornamental Fish & Invertebrate Breeders • View topic - New House Bill threatens trade.

New House Bill threatens trade.

New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby spawner » Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:08 pm

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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby driftin » Tue Apr 07, 2009 5:25 pm

I've been seeing this pop up on a few message boards lately. I guess a similar bill didn't make it past committee last year. A big difference (from my perspective anyway) is that this new version has language criminalizing the breeding of the non-approved, non-native species. Right now the only listed legal non-native fish is a goldfish (Carassius auratus auratus).

The bill in pdf format is here - 23 pages.

Here's a link to the PIJAC warning, with a list of representatives to contact.

As a recognized non-profit organization dedicated to the responsible breeding of these fish, is this something MOFIB can get involved with?
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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby fishtal » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:04 pm

The criminalization of breeding bothered me as well. Since one of the sponsors is from my state, I've already sent him an email about this bill. If I don't hear back from him within the week I will start trying to contact him by phone and snail mail.
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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby BaboonScience » Tue Apr 07, 2009 7:49 pm

Interesting that this bill was reintroduced. Someone's pet project, perhaps?
There have been many invasive species that have taken hold over the years. Carp, Goldfish are among these. Some have been intentionally introduced. The English sparrow, Raven, Blackbird etc were introduced by a man whose intent was to introduce every bird mentioned in the plays of Shakespeare. Some species are obvious problems. The Zebra mussel and Asiatic Clam grow so prolifically that they can clog factory cooling water inputs and plate the walls of water pipes to a thickness that the systems are essentially non functional.
I think that this Bill is intended to prevent these invasions. Problem is that many of the invasive species are accidental releases. It is believed that both the Zebra Mussel and Asiatic Clam were introduced in bilge water from some oceanic transport ships. Poorly worded, over generalized legislation can be too costly to implement. It can also be so confusing that it negatively affects other industries.
In the case of such legislation, the infrastructure to accomplish the proposed tasks already exists in Federal and State Agencies. I do not think that this legislation would serve any real positive function but to create another piece of red tape.
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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby fishtal » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:33 pm

Yes, I see the problem with invasive species for sure. We have Zebra mussels in my lake from the Great Lakes. I'm sure the main intent of the bill is to deal with invasive species but, as John pointed out, the bill is too broadly written to have that effect.

As I'm trying to point out to my Rep., education is a more effective tool than prohibition in most cases.
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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby BaboonScience » Tue Apr 07, 2009 8:39 pm

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Good point.
Ironically, the Zebra mussel and the Asiatic clam were both probably spread by fishermen using them as bait. The Asiatic clam broods their young in their gill tissue. In spite of the problems, the Zebra mussel seems to have effectively cleared Lake Erie, perhaps too much! :roll:

Another point is that the issues addressed in this bill are already addressed by several branches of the federal government, including the EPA, F&W and NOAA. In this case, more restrictions and broader government mandates will not solve the core problems.

As you say, education is a better solution.
Informed opinions to your representatives will help.
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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby lance » Wed Apr 08, 2009 12:55 am

it stinks but people ruin it by realase wild creature's like the whole snakehead incident but it also punish those who didnt do anything wrong :(


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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby lance » Mon Apr 13, 2009 12:56 am

I think that if everyone of us take time to write our state representative on this bill and explain our hobby and our research that we can ask them to deny this bill to keep our work and progress alive on aqua-culturing and breeding.

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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby lance » Thu Apr 16, 2009 12:30 am

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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby brandonberry » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:18 pm

I contacted my representatives through the link above and forwarded it to everyone I knew who might be willing to do the same. I would encourage everyone to not only send the e-mail, but pay the extra $9 or whatever to have the hand delivered note sent. I am a member of my professional organization's political action committee and I know for a fact that representatives tend to take mailed letters seriously and really look into the issues when they receive about 25 or more of them. E-mail is great, but paper and phone calls are even better.
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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby lance » Fri Apr 17, 2009 1:07 am

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Re: New House Bill threatens trade.

Postby BaboonScience » Tue May 05, 2009 2:34 am

Any updates on this issue. I was just wondering when it was up for discussion in the house. I really think that they have bigger fish to fry......so to speak.
Just thought that I would bring this important issue back to the top.
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