Recently, the National Aquaculture Association (NAA) met with the Dept. of Interior and other agencies to voice their concerns about the possible changes to the Lacey Act that could prohibit koi sales across state lines. The NAA sent an email documenting the discussion with the Federal representatives and below are the summary bullet points contained in the PDF attachment (click here).
The injurious wildlife discussion seems to be stalled due to the new administration and some transitional elements within these agencies. Back in September, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) received a petition to list 43 native and non-native aquatic species as Injurious Wildlife under the authority granted by the Lacey Act.
The petition includes the black acara, blue catfish, common carp (i.e., koi), grass carp, guppies, Jaguar guapote, three plecos (Amazon, Orinoco and vermiculated sailfin catfish), red swamp crawfish, and three tilapias (i.e., blue, Mozambique and Nile). Upon listing, these live animals and their gametes, viable eggs or hybrids may not be imported into the United States or transported interstate.
>> To read the summary of the discussion with the Dept. of Interior and the NAA, click here.