BOE makes effective the Decision of the Supreme Court on invasive alien species

The Official State Bulletin (BOE) has published the sentence of the Supreme Court which includes the rainbow trout in the Spanish catalogue of invasive species Oncorhynchus mykiss), common carp (Cyprinus carpio ) and the prohibition of extracting and commercializing red swamp crawfish (Procambarus clarkii).

The ruling was issued on March 16, although it was not until now, with the publication in the BOE when it becomes effective. It also affects the seaweed wakame (Udaria pinnatifida).

The above mentioned species, except red crab, were excluded from this catalogue via a Royal Decree of August 2013. Subsequently, the Court considered partially administrative appeal lodged by CODA-Ecologistas en Acción SEO BirdLife and the Association for the Study and Improvement of the Salmónidos (AEMS) Rios con Vida.

The measure affects a social level, especially in the sector of sport fishing river, with regard to the trout rainbow and in the region of the low Guadalquivir, in regard to the american red crab.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment (MAGRAMA) has organized a working group at the request of the Platform in Defense of Fisheries, who will work from next week in order to seek a solution to col communities affected.

However, this ruling does not affect the production of farmed rainbow trout destined for human consumption, for being authorized facilities that comply with the regulations for limiting their production. However it affects those installations for the production of copies for reforestation and for sport fishing.