European Ban on Apple Snails

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European Ban on Apple Snails

Postby tallulah86 on Sun Jan 13, 2013 3:12 am

This is why I panicked and bought my apple snails quickly. It's ridiculous, why ban them in the whole of Europe when it's only one small part that's been affected.

Following last month's news article, we are sad to announce that Apple Snails, a long standing favourite of many tropical freshwater fishkeepers, are now to offically become just a fond memory for all European Aquarists.

As previously reported, a population of snails were found in the Catalonia region of Spain, and as a result the EU Commission have finally imposed the legislation banning the import and breeding of all members of the Genus Pomacea, which includes the familiar tropical Apple Snails.

Unfortunately Apple Snails already have a reputation for invasiveness, having made themselves at home in both Hawaii and Taiwan where they are a serious pest to food crops. This ban now comes into immediate effect and the Apple Snails that you see in your local Maidenhead store cannot be restocked once they are sold. The result being that, over time, the number of Pomacea being sold will cease altogether, thereby eradicating the risk of wild populations establishing themselves in the EU.

Provided there is no evidence in official surveillance of Pomacea reaching the wider environment, the legislation will still allow all existing stocks in stores to be traded and then maintained under contained conditions (e.g. in fish tanks) until the end of their natural life and avoiding the need for more stringent action, such as an immediate prohibition on further sales.


Source http://fishkeeper.co.uk/site/news/confi ... ple-snails
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Re: European Ban on Apple Snails

Postby pbgroupie on Sun Jan 13, 2013 1:27 pm

Sad to hear but not unexpected. They did a total ban here in the US on shipping interstate, but then after 3 years relaxed the ban so that the bridgesii/diffusa could be shipped without a permit. It caused a black-market movement that the USDA/aphis still procecutes today.
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Re: European Ban on Apple Snails

Postby snapple on Mon Jan 14, 2013 7:47 pm

They are a risk to the environment, so sadly even one irresponsible owner can cause a crackdown.
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