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  • Owner of Arecibo aquarium business pleads guilty to two federal Lacey Act felonies for illicit trafficking of protected corals

    August 23, 2017 | 4 minute read

    Aristides Sanchez, a resident of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, pleaded guilty today to two felony violations of the federal Lacey Act for collecting, purchasing, falsely labeling, and shipping protected marine invertebrate species as part of an effort to subvert Puerto Rican law designed to protect corals and other reef species, the Department of Justice announced. Sanchez was the owner of the Arecibo-based saltwater aquarium business, Wonders of the Reef Aquarium. A large part of the business was devoted to the sale of native Puerto Rican marine species that are popular in the saltwater aquarium trade.  Read the full story...

  • A red and black patterned reptile with protruding scales.
    Gila monster. Photo by OZinOH CC BY-NC 2.0.

    Scottsboro man sentenced for trafficking protected reptiles

    October 12, 2012 | 2 minute read

    BIRMINGHAM, AL - A Scottsboro man was sentenced Tuesday for the illegal possession, transportation and sale of protected reptiles in violation of the Lacey Act, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Special Agent in Charge for the Southeast Region Luis J. Santiago. Chief U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn sentenced David Langella, 43, to three years’ probation for conspiring to violate the Lacey Act and violating the Lacey Act.  Read the full story...

  • A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass.
    Burmese python. Photo by Liz Barraco, FWC.

    Salazar announces ban on importation and interstate transportation of four giant snakes that threaten Everglades

    January 17, 2012 | 4 minute read

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized a rule that would ban the importation and interstate transportation of four nonnative constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems across the United States, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today. The final rule – which incorporates public comments, economic analysis, and environmental assessment – lists the Burmese python, the yellow anaconda, and the northern and southern African pythons as injurious wildlife under the Lacey Act in order to restrict their spread in the wild in the United States.  Read the full story...

  • The head of a large boa constrictor being handled by a biologist.
    Boa constrictor. Photo by FWC.

    Service reopens public comment period on plan to restrict giant invasive snakes

    July 1, 2010 | 3 minute read

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has reopened the public comment period on a proposed ruleto designate nine species of large constrictor snakes as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act. The Service seeks comments from the public for an additional 30 days in order to ensure that any final action will be based on the best data available. The action will be published in the Federal Register and open from July 1 – August 2, 2010.  Read the full story...

  • A large snake with a black and brown pattern on its back moving through the grass.
    Burmese python. Photo by Liz Barraco, FWC.

    Salazar moves to ban importation and interstate transfer of Burmese python and eight other giant invasive snakes

    January 20, 2010 | 5 minute read

    NEW YORK, NY – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will propose to list the Burmese python and eight other large constrictor snakes that threaten the Everglades and other sensitive ecosystems as “injurious wildlife” under the Lacey Act. Salazar made the announcement at the Port of New York, which serves as the largest point of entry in the nation for imports of wildlife and wildlife products.  Read the full story...

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