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> > To: NAA Members and Affiliates
> > Attached please find a National Aquaculture Association Action Alert
> > on the Aquatic Nuisance Species Act of 2003
> > March 29, 2004
> > NAA Action Alert
> > National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2003
> > The National Aquatic Invasive Species Act of 2003 (H.R. 1080 and S.
> > 525) will amend and reauthorize the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance
> > Prevention and Control Act of 1990. This bill, as amended, will
> > prohibit the importation of live aquatic organisms "not in trade"
> > without specified screening and approval.
> > It is within this same bill that the US Fish & Wildlife Service
> > (USFWS) is authorized to list under the Lacey Act any species of
> > aquatic organism as injurious. An injurious listing by the USFWS means
> > that the listed species can no longer be transported into the United
> > States or transported across state lines. Unfortunately, the USFWS has
> > already proposed listing several aquaculture species (bighead carp,
> > silver carp and black carp) that have been in the United States and
> > "in trade" for over 25 years.
> > It is imperative that the USFWS authorization in these bills be
> > amended to only allow the injurious listing of aquatic species "not in
> > trade." NAA members are urged to contact their Congressional
> > delegation and request this language change. Unless such a language
> > change occurs, even aquarium species already "in trade" can simply be
> > listed as injurious by the USFWS and their importation and interstate
> > shipment prohibited. At the request of the aquarium industry, the "not
> > in trade" language was successfully included. However, it is important
> > to contact your Congressional members to ensure this language change
> > is made. Please contact your members today!
> > Laura G. Tiu
> > Aquaculture Specialist
> > Ohio State University
> > South Centers
> > 1864 Shyville Road
> > Piketon, OH 45661-9749
> > 740-289-2071
> > 1-800-297-2072 (in ohio only)
> > 740-289-4591 (fax)
> > tiu.2_at_osu.edu
> > See our website:http://southcenters.osu.edu/aqua/
> > to sign up for the Ohio Aquaculture list-serve!
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