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Aquatic Plant Sale Ban Approaches

25 March 2014

The sale of five species of invasive, non-native, aquatic plants will be banned from the beginning of next month.

Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (180px * 180px)The Ornamental Aquatic Trade Association (OATT) is warning that from April 2014, retailers may face a fine of up to £5,000 and/or a six month prison sentence if they are found to be selling any of the following:

  • Water Fern (Azolla filiculoides)
  • Parrot’s Feather (Myriophyllum aquaticum)
  • Floating Pennywort (Hydrocotyle ranunculoides)
  • Australian swamp stone crop (New Zealand Pygmyweed) (Crassula helmsii)
  • Water Primrose (Ludwigia grandiflora).

Keith Davenport, Chief Executive of the OATT, commented: “These plants have been identified by DEFRA as posing a significant risk when they escape into our native waterways.

“We’ve been saying for some time that retailers should not be selling these plants and any shops that have continued to do so have had a year to clear their shelves. So there should be no excuse for these five plants to be sold after April.”

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