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Old 05-14-2011, 08:40 PM   #11
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yeah, quarantine to extreme measure that would usually be expressed with a vulgar statement. I have a friend who's parents had a reef tank when he lived in florida. One day they bring home some strange fish, didn't know what it was (he doesn't remember, it was like 15 years ago). Next day, all fish are dead, and the new one exploded.
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No not everything is ORA cultured that I have bought, but it was legally captured by someone permitted to do so. I didn't just go take whatever I wanted. If you want to help the reef here in the gulf, then go capture some lion fish, I know that is legal and they are considered a pest issue in FL.
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Here are Florida Fish and wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) rules and regulations about collecting aquarium fish, live rock and coral. And it plainly says "The harvest of live-rock, substrate with living organisms attached, is illegal unless harvested at a licensed aquaculture area."

Florida Coral Rules and Regulations

Marine Life and Tropical Ornamentals

Recreational Harvest of Marine Life (Aquarium) Species

For stony corals, fire corals and sea fans any collection is prohibited and the collection of black corals and other octocoral species is restricted. Also you can only collect live rock from a licensed aquaculture area. So picking live rock up from a rock anywhere is illegal.

The rules on aquarium fish are pretty lax. You need a fishing license and there are size requirements for certain species of fish and you are limited to certain number of fish per person per day. There are also gear restrictions to keep in mind.

These rules and regulations are there to protect these precious resources. As someone who lives in Florida and getting a Masters in Marine Biology, it think it is our job to use our knowledge of reefs and their inhabitants to educate those that are clueless. It is also our responsibility to practice our amazing hobby in a way that will protect and preserve our reefs.

If you really want to collect something from Florida, collect a Lionfish. They are a menace here and ruining our reefs.
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Old 05-15-2011, 12:57 AM   #14
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Here are Florida Fish and wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) rules and regulations about collecting aquarium fish, live rock and coral. And it plainly says "The harvest of live-rock, substrate with living organisms attached, is illegal unless harvested at a licensed aquaculture area."

Florida Coral Rules and Regulations

Marine Life and Tropical Ornamentals

Recreational Harvest of Marine Life (Aquarium) Species

For stony corals, fire corals and sea fans any collection is prohibited and the collection of black corals and other octocoral species is restricted. Also you can only collect live rock from a licensed aquaculture area. So picking live rock up from a rock anywhere is illegal.

The rules on aquarium fish are pretty lax. You need a fishing license and there are size requirements for certain species of fish and you are limited to certain number of fish per person per day. There are also gear restrictions to keep in mind.

These rules and regulations are there to protect these precious resources. As someone who lives in Florida and getting a Masters in Marine Biology, it think it is our job to use our knowledge of reefs and their inhabitants to educate those that are clueless. It is also our responsibility to practice our amazing hobby in a way that will protect and preserve our reefs.

If you really want to collect something from Florida, collect a Lionfish. They are a menace here and ruining our reefs.
Couldn't have said it any better, welcome to AA! It will be great to have someone with your knowledge on this forum. Although this whole topic of not taking things at the beach is like around here.
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Couldn't have said it any better, welcome to AA! It will be great to have someone with your knowledge on this forum. Although this whole topic of not taking things at the beach is like around here.
Haha I know . No one could answer whether it was legal or not, so I figured I would find out.
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Thank you for clarifying, I couldn't answer as to the legality of it, but I did know lion fish are pests down here. lol
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