Petition to ban Koi

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Petition to ban Koi

March 16, 2017 - 10:30

The Center For Invasive Species Program (CISP), a private, non-government organization, has brought a petition the US Fish & Wildlife Service to include within the Lacy Act 43 aquatic animals as “injurious species”.  Thirty-one (31) on the list are fish.  Some of which are very popular in our hobby and if this is adopted, it would become a felony to transport live fish such as Koi and guppies to fish shows across state lines.  In addition, these fish could no longer be imported into the United States nor could you purchase these fish from outside your home state.  See the list and contact info by clicking on the picture or title:

1. Acanthogobius flavimanus (yellowfin goby).
2. Alburnus alburnus (bleak).
3. Alosa pseudoharengus (alewife).
4. Cichlasoma bimaculatum (black acara).
5. Coregonus lavaretus (powan).
6. Ctenopharyngodon idella (grass carp).
7. Cyprinella lutrensis (red shiner).
8. Cyprinus carpio (common carp, Koi).
9. Gymnocephalus cernua (ruffe).
10.Hypomesus nipponensis (wakasagi).
11.Ictalurus furcatus (blue catfish).
12.Misgurnus anguillicaudatus (Oriental weatherfish).
13.Morone americana (white perch).
14.Neogobius melanostomus (round goby).
15.Odontesthes bonariensis (Argentinian silverside).
16.Oreochromis aureus (blue tilapia).
17.Oreochromis mossambicus (Mozambique tilapia).
18.Oreochromis niloticus (Nile tilapia). 19.Parachromis managuensis (Jaguar guapote).
20.Poecilia reticulate (guppy). 21.Pterois miles (Devil firefish). 22.Pterois volitans (red lionfish).
23. Pterygoplichthys pardalis (Amazon sailfin catfish).
24. Pterygoplichthys multiradiatus (Orinoco sailfin catfish).
25. Pterygoplichthys disjunctivus (vermiculated sailfin catfish).
26. Pylodictis olivaris (flathead catfish).
27.Rhodeus ocellatus (rose bitterling).
28.Sarotherodon melanotheron (blackchin tilapia).
29.Scardinius erythrophthalmus (rudd). 30.Tilapia mariae (spotted tilapia).
31.Tilapia zillii (redbelly tilapia).

There is no set time for US Fish & Wildlife to determine this petition. For the complete proposed listing go to fish-wildlife-service-per-lacey-act/.

PIJEC will be monitoring the situation and for more information on what you can do. Go to the Midwest Pond and Koi Society Websites at invasive-species-prevention-has-huge-implications-for-koi-hobby/ as well as PIJAC at

CISP files multi-species listing petition with US Fish & Wildlife Service – per Lacey Act


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