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IWGS - Regulated and Prohibited Aquatic Plants List

zendog

Active Member
Hmmm.... strange that Purple Loosestrife isn't restricted in Maryland, just VA. That stuff will take over a stand of native cattails very quickly. Beautiful, though.

It is really very interesting to see what one state sees as a problem and another doesn't.
 

JLW

CCA Members
I will tell you that that list is not 100% accurate. One area that it is very much so weak on is that certain states, VA among them, restrict "these plants, plus what's on the federal list." So, a plant listed as "FED" is illegal in VA, and will not list VA as restricted.

Walter, MD is a mess right now. They redid the restrictions a couple of years ago, and still have not yet sorted it out. :)
 

chriscoli

Board of Directors
Staff member
I actually read it that if it's restricted at a federal level, it applies at the state level. Is that not so?
 

Maryland Guppy

CCA Members
Many that are plant collectors may have invasive species.
This falls on the planted aquarist to not distribute into the wild.

For myself the trimmings end up in a dry out tray that go to the burn barrel.

All of the plants that enter this country through airports devoid of customs?
Mind you this occurs more than one may think.
The responsibility of release into the environment falls upon us, the collector!
 

JLW

CCA Members
That is actually not so, unless the state has a specific law restricting items on the Federal list. The Federal laws do not apply to states. Specifically, Federal laws are only able to limit the interstate transfer of materials -- that's why Colorado can make certain Federally restricted plants legal to possess. :p

It is illegal to import any Federally listed plant, it is illegal to transport them across state bounds, but otherwise, you can do whatever you want, as long as you don't run afoul of the State's law. In Virginia, for example, the state restricts the sale, trade, or cultivation of any Federally listed plant (e.g., Hygrophila). In Maryland, however, you can do whatever you want with it, there's no law whatsoever restricting it. You just can't bring it across state lines.
 

mchambers

Occasional Corydoras Breeder
That is actually not so, unless the state has a specific law restricting items on the Federal list. The Federal laws do not apply to states. Specifically, Federal laws are only able to limit the interstate transfer of materials -- that's why Colorado can make certain Federally restricted plants legal to possess. :p

It is illegal to import any Federally listed plant, it is illegal to transport them across state bounds, but otherwise, you can do whatever you want, as long as you don't run afoul of the State's law. In Virginia, for example, the state restricts the sale, trade, or cultivation of any Federally listed plant (e.g., Hygrophila). In Maryland, however, you can do whatever you want with it, there's no law whatsoever restricting it. You just can't bring it across state lines.
Sorry, but that's just not true. Congress can regulate anything involved in interstate commerce if it wants. Katzenbach v. McClung, 379 US 294 (1964) (where the Supreme Court upheld the validity of the Civil Rights Act of1964 as applied to a small barbecue restaurant in Alabama).

Now, it appears that the Plant Protection Act only prohibits transfer of noxious weeds across state lines, but Congress could go further if it wanted to do so.

Now back to fishkeeping!
 
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