Sunday, February 15, 2004

Exceptions to the Ruling

According to this article from Newsday, the Department of Environmental Conservation in New York recently issued emergency regulations regarding the import of live carp into the state. Silver carp (Hypophthalmichthys molitrix) and black carp (Mylopharyngodon piceus) will be completely prohibited, but bighead carp (Hypophthalmichthys nobilis) are exempted from the regulations for two reasons: 1) there is a large, well-established market for bigheads in New York City and Westchester County, where they are sold as food and 2) New York is seen as a transportation corridor for bighead carp markets in the Boston area (thanks New York :-P). Retailers that receive bighead carp in the approved New York areas are required to kill them before turning them over to the purchaser. You can read the full text of the regulation here, and read the impact statement here.

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