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DEC bans bighead carp possession and sale in state

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The state Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday announced changes effectively banning the import, transport, possession and sale of bighead carp for all of New York.

The department said that bighead carp, an invasive species, threatens aquatic communities, and that DEC’s efforts match those of other state and federal agencies to prevent the carp from entering the Great Lakes basin via the Mississippi River system.

Until now, the prohibitions included an exception that allowed bighead carp to be sold, possessed, transported, imported and exported in the five boroughs of the New York City and the Westchester County towns of Rye, Harrison, and Mamaronek.

The changes extend the ban to the entire state.

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