Friday, January 21, 2005

To List or not to List

As reported by, there's a bit of a political mess developing in Japan with regards to the largemouth bass (Micropterus sp., also called black bass). After a committee working on Japan's Invasive Alien Species Act (.pdf) announced it needed an additional six months to deliberate about whether to list the North American fish as invasive, the Environment Minister stepped in and convinced the committee that the fish should indeed be listed. The move, which clears the way for eradication plans, has angered sports fishing groups that don't consider the fish to be a problem.

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