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URGENT, Please Help: Texas Law Will Effectively Prohibit Most Aquarium Plants

The Texas Parks & Wildlife Division is currently hearing public comments on proposed legislation that will severely limit trade and possession of most common aquarium plants.

While invasive, exotic plants and other organisms are serious environmental problems, the new Texas law is extreme. In addition to including a list of prohibited species, which is already a common practice, the new law effectively bans all aquatic plants not cited in a (very short!) "white list" of approved species. I have read through both the approved species list and the list of banned species and there seem to be a number of dubious inclusions. These call into question the rigor of the science used to make these important decisions.

Please read more to become informed and contact the participating agency representatives and policymakers via telephone, email or paper letter as soon as you can. This notice was published by the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society and seems to contain relevant and current information. Read it and follow the links!

http://www.iwgs.org/texas-white-list/

It is urgent that planted aquarium enthusiasts who love their hobby become informed about this new legislation and call, write or email right away. Even if you do not live in Texas the law is likely to set legal precedents for other states, and you will no longer be able to trade with or sell most of your plants into Texas. The aquascaping hobby seems to be especially robust in Texas, so such severe restrictions on plant-keeping might compromise the hobby for all of us. And it is a real shame for Texan plant-lovers.
 

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I just spoke with Earl Chilton, TPWD's Exotic Vegetation Program Manager. He is a friendly and reasonable guy. You can find his phone number and email on this page...

http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/?req=20101229b

Here are a few points that I raised...
  • As they are, the new rules will prohibit trade in Texas of most aquarium plants.[/*]
  • The new rules will discourage hobbyists and significantly impact the planted aquarium industry.[/*]
  • A fish tank in the home, office or school might be the only daily contact with nature for many city dwellers, working people and children.[/*]
  • A number of the inclusions in both the banned species list and the list of approved species seem to be arbitrarily or hastily assembled.[/*]
 
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