For pond owners who love to work with Koi, this is important information that you need to be aware of. Here’s some background on what’s going on and what you can do to protect your access to a variety of high quality Koi.
Injurious Species List
The Center for Invasive Species Prevention (CISP) has petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to add 43 species of fish to the Injurious Species list. Included on the list is common carp, or koi.
If these fish are added to the Injurious Species list, it will be illegal to transport them across state lines. Importation and production of koi will no longer be economically feasible. Koi retailers will likely lose their businesses and pond owners will no longer have access to the variety of koi they currently enjoy.
In response, the National Aquaculture Association as well as other groups are formulating a plan to fight and oppose this regulation.
Your Help is Needed
Visit the page below from the Midwest Pond And Koi Society. There you’ll find links and instructions on how best to address this issue.
Spread the word. Let other pond owners know what is at stake if koi are added to the Injurious Species list. Share the news with your local water garden club, or post about this issue on social media.
Contact your elected officials to voice your disagreement with this proposed regulation change. Call, write, or email their office with your concerns.
Email the letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to mention koi and the Injurious Species listing in both the subject line and body of the email.
Print two copies of the file and mail to the following:
Craig Martin, Chief
Branch of Aquatic Invasive Species
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
National Aquaculture Association
PO Box 12759
Tallahassee, FL 32317-2759
Thank you for any support you can provide on this matter. We’re confident that the koi industry and koi enthusiasts like you can successfully push back against this proposed regulation.