FWC Executive Order and Online Survey

Summary: An Executive Order has been issued today (October 2, 2018) which will prohibit the importation into Florida of the species listed below. This moratorium is effective until replaced by a final rule.

Facilities conducting research or public exhibition may qualify for an importation permit. Workshops and an internet public survey should be announced soon. See the text below or view the complete document by clicking the link above.

The Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission of the State of Florida (FWC), acting under the authority of Article IV, Section 9, of the Florida Constitution, and acting through its Executive Director under Delegations of Authority Paragraph 17 and Paragraph 22, hereby prohibits the importation of certain species of wildlife due to the potential risk they pose to the State of Florida, as follows:

1. The following species are considered to be a risk to the ecology, economy or human health and safety in Florida:

a. Mongoose, meerkat (Atilax spp., Cynictis spp., Helogale spp., Herpestes spp., Ichneumia spp., Mungos spp., and Suricata spp.)
b. Indian wild dog (Cuon spp.)
c. Flying fox (Pteropus spp.)
d. Brushtail possum (Trichosurus vulpecula)
e. Raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
f. Red whiskered bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)
g. Red-billed quelea/dioch (Que/ea quelea)
h. Java sparrow (Padda {Lonchura} oryzivora)
i. Pink/rosy starling (Sturnus {Pastor} roseus)
J. Yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus)
k. Beni anaconda (Eunectes beniensis)
l. DeSchauensee’s anaconda (Eunectes deschauenseei)
m. Brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis)

2. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in Chapter 68-5, F.A.C., no person shall import into the state the above species listed, except facilities that meet the permit requirements for the possession of prohibited species as described in 68-5.001(4), F.A.C may apply for an FWC Conditional/Prohibited/Nonnative Species Permit for importation into Florida.

3. All other provisions of Chapter 68-5, F.A.C., shall remain in full force and effect.

4. This order shall be effective upon execution and remain in effect until replaced by rule of the Commission.

Public workshop dates and locations are below and posted on the FWC website at http://myfwc.com/wildlifehabitats/nonnatives/public-workshops/?fbclid=IwAR3GlbQjpdbnoiw0pNfFiKJUjWZKtJGKXt6fBZzwIbLSPvuix7YdPFWschY.

Not able to make it to our workshops in person?
Recommendations may be submitted through our online survey at www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVNM78R or by email to NonnativeSpeciesRules@MyFWC.com.

Workshops will be open to the public from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at each of the following dates and locations:

October 15th – Joseph P. D’Alessandro Office Complex, 2295 Victoria Avenue, Fort Myers, Florida 33902

October 16th – University of Florida Tropical Research and Education Center, 18710 Southwest 288th Street, Homestead, Florida 33030

October 17th – University of Florida Ft. Lauderdale Research and Education Center, 3205 College Avenue, Davie, Florida 33314

October 24th – The Community Room, 51 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island, Florida 34145

October 29th – FWC Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, 6650 Dickman Road, Apollo Beach, Florida 33572

October 30th – Ocala Police Department Community Room, 402 South Pine Avenue, Ocala, Florida 34471

November 29th – Jarvis Hall (next to Town Hall), 4505 N. Ocean Drive, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida, 33308