Ilegal to Sell Aquatic Invasives
It is now illegal to sell 28 invasive aquatic plants in Indiana, effective Aug. 31.
The new rule, recently approved by the IN Natural Resources Commission, also makes offering such plants for gift, barter, exchange or distribution illegal. The purpose of this rule is to help prevent the introduction and distribution of aquatic invasive plants into Indiana waters and wetlands.
The spread of invasive aquatic plants reduces boating, fishing and other aquatic recreation opportunities. Such plants also negatively impact native aquatic plants and reduce property values around lakes and ponds. A list of the prohibited plants and the exact language of the rule is at http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/20120411-IR-312120050PRA.xml.pdf.
Many of these invasive plants have been used in aquariums or water gardens for years. Some are already widely established. The most popular of such plants currently sold include flowering rush, Brazilian elodea (Anacharis), yellow flag iris, parrot feather and yellow floating heart.
The new rule will be administered by the DNR Division of Entomology & Plant Pathology in cooperation with the Division of Fish & Wildlife.