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[APD] Re: Neritina natalensis
A few weeks ago, I started a thread here about the algae eating snails,
Neritina natalensis, after hearing Oliver Knott of Graben-Neudorf, Germany,
recommend them at the APD meeting in Washington. He even gave me the name
of a store in Karlsruhe from which I could order some.
I then contacted the U. S. Dept. of Agriculture and the Fish and Wildlife
Service to see if I could import them. I was told verbally by
representatives of both services that they could find no problems with the
species, but that I would have to file an application with the USDA for a
permit. So I did that.
I just want to report that my application to import a dozen snails has been
denied. It came back, stamped:
"This application for Neritina natalensis is denied. This organism is an
exotic organism, that does not occur in the destination state."
Well, yes, that was why I wanted to import them.
John T. Fitch
E-mail: JTFitch at FitchFamily.com
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