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Mich. Senate Votes to Stiffen Aquatic Species Penalties

Updated: 06/04/2014 6:17 PM
Created: 06/04/2014 6:15 PM WDIO.com

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Lawmakers are moving to boost penalties for knowingly having or selling prohibited aquatic species in Michigan.

The state Senate on Wednesday unanimously approved five bills (Senate Bills 795-800) now headed to the House.

The legislation would require judges to order a one-year suspension of commercial or sport fishing licenses if the permit holder sells a prohibited aquatic species. The license would have to be permanently revoked after a second violation.

The bills would stiffen criminal penalties so someone who introduces a prohibited aquatic species in Michigan could be imprisoned for up to three years and be fined up to $100,000. Asian carp and other invasive species have the potential to crowd out native species and threaten the $7 billion fishing industry.

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