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2012-10-05 04:23:48 PM  
What a load of old balls.
 
2012-10-05 04:25:50 PM  
Importing and selling balls? I iz cunfussed.
 
2012-10-05 04:26:36 PM  
I like how they waited till the last bit to mention that she'd been warned by officials about importing AND THEN SELLING the moss balls, but kept doing it anyway.

To hell with her.
 
2012-10-05 04:31:05 PM  
Okay subby, that was a weird and interesting link. Thank you.
 
2012-10-05 04:31:06 PM  
Algy? Illegal? On the contrary, he's very Earnest...
d3rm69wky8vagu.cloudfront.net
 
2012-10-05 04:32:16 PM  
Guess she'll have to be a rolling stone.
 
2012-10-05 04:35:06 PM  
When algae is outlawed only outlaws will have aw screw it!
 
2012-10-05 04:35:22 PM  
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2012-10-05 04:37:17 PM  
 
2012-10-05 04:38:10 PM  
Florida understands (Google Eledia).
 
2012-10-05 04:40:33 PM  
Another example of the gay agenda gone overboard.

If I say "moth balls" with a lisp, it sounds more like "moss balls." Why do teh ghaiz not want us to have moth balls? Because they run the fashion industry, which is a capitalistic enterprise predicated upon the sales of new and fashionable clothing. If people can't have mothballs, their clothes will quickly become moth-eaten and force them to purchase new clothing. If we allow them to have all the mothballs or "moss balls" they desire, the fashion industry will continue to exhibit stagnant growth.

It's also a bit xenophobic - teh ghaiz in NZ obviously don't want nice plump foreign balls competing with their lackluster domestic balls.

I'm just saying, smells a little fishy to me.
 
2012-10-05 04:41:08 PM  
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WCPGW? 

/just stop feeding them!
 
jvl
2012-10-05 04:44:28 PM  

Another Government Employee: Florida understands (Google Eledia).


The Mediterranean understands (Caulerpa taxifolia)
 
2012-10-05 04:44:49 PM  
Oh snap, someone I may or may not know does this, but he or she never bothered to check if it was legal to do so in the US....hmmm...

*shiftyeye*

i know nothing!!!
 
2012-10-05 04:44:50 PM  
I for one don't have a problem with this. Invasive species are a menace, and once established they are almost impossible to get rid of. Here in the US, just a few have become major problems: Argentine and red imported fire ants, Quagga mussels, "killer" bees, and tamarisk (which squander water supplies in arid areas.) "Garden" snails were introduced by people importing them to cultivate escargot. There are many more that I can't think of right now.

She was warned, too, and kept selling the stuff before they nailed her. Hopefully a lesson was learned.
 
2012-10-05 04:48:06 PM  
I just remembered another biggie: the tui chub, an invasive fish species that is so damaging to the lakes it infests that the only viable option to get rid of it is to poison THE ENTIRE LAKE. This was famously done in Diamond Lake in Oregon.
 
2012-10-05 04:51:39 PM  

destrip: I just remembered another biggie: the tui chub, an invasive fish species that is so damaging to the lakes it infests that the only viable option to get rid of it is to poison THE ENTIRE LAKE. This was famously done in Diamond Lake in Oregon.


Add Asian carp to that list.
 
2012-10-05 04:53:48 PM  

destrip: I for one don't have a problem with this. Invasive species are a menace, and once established they are almost impossible to get rid of. Here in the US, just a few have become major problems: Argentine and red imported fire ants, Quagga mussels, "killer" bees, and tamarisk (which squander water supplies in arid areas.) "Garden" snails were introduced by people importing them to cultivate escargot. There are many more that I can't think of right now.

She was warned, too, and kept selling the stuff before they nailed her. Hopefully a lesson was learned.


Yup, the list goes on and on. Buckthorn, kudzu, asian carp, snakeheads, gypsy moths... There's a reason for the laws.
 
2012-10-05 05:01:52 PM  

blatz514: destrip: I just remembered another biggie: the tui chub, an invasive fish species that is so damaging to the lakes it infests that the only viable option to get rid of it is to poison THE ENTIRE LAKE. This was famously done in Diamond Lake in Oregon.

Add Asian carp to that list.


No kidding. All I hear on the environmental segment of the news is OMGASIANCARPAHHHHH!!!!

Now mind you, the zebra mussels have worked out pretty well... :)
 
2012-10-05 05:02:34 PM  

twomutts: destrip: I for one don't have a problem with this. Invasive species are a menace, and once established they are almost impossible to get rid of. Here in the US, just a few have become major problems: Argentine and red imported fire ants, Quagga mussels, "killer" bees, and tamarisk (which squander water supplies in arid areas.) "Garden" snails were introduced by people importing them to cultivate escargot. There are many more that I can't think of right now.

She was warned, too, and kept selling the stuff before they nailed her. Hopefully a lesson was learned.

Yup, the list goes on and on. Buckthorn, kudzu, asian carp, snakeheads, gypsy moths... There's a reason for the laws.


Damn gypsies... they ruined eastern Europe but that's not enough for them...
 
2012-10-05 05:03:20 PM  
I had a friend in med school down at NSU who would buy illegal coral in Miami. He says it had about the same feel as buying drugs.
 
2012-10-05 05:04:06 PM  

tricycleracer: I had a friend in med school down at NSU who would buy illegal coral in Miami. He says it had about the same feel as buying drugs.


I had a friend who went to med school... I didn't go to med school. Just want to clarify.
 
2012-10-05 05:04:13 PM  
Quick! Somebody PS the Tribbles green and then cue the Orion Slave Girl Dance Music! 

I tried quickly finding a link to the audio, but my google-fu is weak today...
 
2012-10-05 05:04:49 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-10-05 05:09:12 PM  

Aidan: blatz514: destrip: I just remembered another biggie: the tui chub, an invasive fish species that is so damaging to the lakes it infests that the only viable option to get rid of it is to poison THE ENTIRE LAKE. This was famously done in Diamond Lake in Oregon.

Add Asian carp to that list.

No kidding. All I hear on the environmental segment of the news is OMGASIANCARPAHHHHH!!!!

Now mind you, the zebra mussels have worked out pretty well... :)


Holy shiat, they sure did! Every year around these parts they have to get a backhoe and dig out all the empty shells because they're clogging up all the channels.
 
2012-10-05 05:13:54 PM  
All I know is if you get one of those mantis shrimp hitching a ride on your live rock, say goodbye to your fish stocks. Those m-effers can split a fingernail and are hard as hell to eliminate (they have unbelievably good eyesight)
 
2012-10-05 05:17:20 PM  

blatz514: Holy shiat, they sure did! Every year around these parts they have to get a backhoe and dig out all the empty shells because they're clogging up all the channels.


Not that part! Or the totally unclean to eat part. Or the one where you can't walk without shoes. Or the um, killing... other... species.

Dammit I meant how pretty the water looks now. :P
 
2012-10-05 05:30:31 PM  

tricycleracer: I had a friend in med school down at NSU who would buy illegal coral in Miami. He says it had about the same feel as buying drugs.


Why would you buy illegal coral? Not snark, it just seems really stupid when you can get it from places that legally produce it.

Also, I tried to figure out if gobies in Lake Michigan are invasive or not. Turns out it is a firm "Maybe". Bigger fish eat them, but the gobies target the eggs of larger fish, so they are a problem, but not out of control yet. Weird lookin suckers though, remind me of the mudskipper from Ren and Stimpy.

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2012-10-05 05:33:16 PM  

roc6783: tricycleracer: I had a friend in med school down at NSU who would buy illegal coral in Miami. He says it had about the same feel as buying drugs.

Why would you buy illegal coral? Not snark, it just seems really stupid when you can get it from places that legally produce it.

Also, I tried to figure out if gobies in Lake Michigan are invasive or not. Turns out it is a firm "Maybe". Bigger fish eat them, but the gobies target the eggs of larger fish, so they are a problem, but not out of control yet. Weird lookin suckers though, remind me of the mudskipper from Ren and Stimpy.

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2012-10-05 05:33:29 PM  

Aidan: blatz514: Holy shiat, they sure did! Every year around these parts they have to get a backhoe and dig out all the empty shells because they're clogging up all the channels.

Not that part! Or the totally unclean to eat part. Or the one where you can't walk without shoes. Or the um, killing... other... species.

Dammit I meant how pretty the water looks now. :P


lolz.
 
2012-10-05 05:34:09 PM  
(The front door is kicked in and police enter with guns drawn.)

"You, with the marimo moss balls, drop the fish tank and back away slowly from the algae."

"Don't shoot, I'm putting the balls down"

"On the ground skumbag!"
 
2012-10-05 05:36:59 PM  
Mmmm.... 

schweddy-eagle.teczno.com
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-10-05 05:57:12 PM  
I can imagine one of these raids...

*bang* *bang* Open up! Slime police!

*flush*

We're coming in, stand back from the door! Is that the toilet running?


And the moss balls make their way from the toilet through the sewer system into the river.

There is precedent. We have House Finches in the Northeast because of raids on pet stores. Shopkeepers set their illegal pets free. The finches decided they liked the area and 70 years later are among the most common feeder birds.
 
2012-10-05 06:01:23 PM  

medieval: I like how they waited till the last bit to mention that she'd been warned by officials about importing AND THEN SELLING the moss balls, but kept doing it anyway.

To hell with her.



This.
 
2012-10-05 06:19:22 PM  
tricycleracer: I had a friend in med school down at NSU who would buy illegal coral in Miami. He says it had about the same feel as buying drugs.

I've been in on buying some possably less than legally imported reptiles, and yes, it has the feel of buying drugs.
 
2012-10-05 06:24:13 PM  

roc6783: tricycleracer: I had a friend in med school down at NSU who would buy illegal coral in Miami. He says it had about the same feel as buying drugs.

Why would you buy illegal coral? Not snark, it just seems really stupid when you can get it from places that legally produce it.

Also, I tried to figure out if gobies in Lake Michigan are invasive or not. Turns out it is a firm "Maybe". Bigger fish eat them, but the gobies target the eggs of larger fish, so they are a problem, but not out of control yet. Weird lookin suckers though, remind me of the mudskipper from Ren and Stimpy.

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I've not heard of these. I live in Wisconsin, and all we hear about are zebra mussels and asian carp. Maybe those 2 are bigger concerns than gobies?
 
2012-10-05 06:34:20 PM  

Another Government Employee: Florida understands (Google Eledia).


OK. I fell for it. I googled it. Even added "Florida" when the first result turned up bupkis. Still bupkis.
Great post there, Lou.
 
2012-10-05 06:39:09 PM  

destrip: I for one don't have a problem with this. Invasive species are a menace, and once established they are almost impossible to get rid of. Here in the US, just a few have become major problems: Argentine and red imported fire ants, Quagga mussels, "killer" bees, and tamarisk (which squander water supplies in arid areas.) "Garden" snails were introduced by people importing them to cultivate escargot. There are many more that I can't think of right now.

She was warned, too, and kept selling the stuff before they nailed her. Hopefully a lesson was learned.


Yup. Burmese pythons, anacondas, nutria lionfish, zebra mussels, Asian carp, kudzu, Japanese beetles, Asian long-horned beetles, Dutch elm diease, gypsy moths, hybrid honeybees, purple loosestrife... and those are just invaders in the U.S., off the top of my head.

Once the blasted things are loose, it can be almost impossible to halt the spread.
 
2012-10-05 06:57:32 PM  

medieval: I like how they waited till the last bit to mention that she'd been warned by officials about importing AND THEN SELLING the moss balls, but kept doing it anyway.

To hell with her.


I'm also OK with her being punished.
 
2012-10-05 07:29:14 PM  

DiscoDJ: Another Government Employee: Florida understands (Google Eledia).

OK. I fell for it. I googled it. Even added "Florida" when the first result turned up bupkis. Still bupkis.
Great post there, Lou.


Spelled it wrong. Elodea, also known was Hydrilla. Can take over a sinkhole lake in two weeks.
 
2012-10-05 07:30:39 PM  
McCoy: Do you know what you get if you feed a tribble too much?
Capt. Kirk: A fat tribble.
McCoy: No. You get a whole bunch of hungry little tribbles.
Capt. Kirk: Well, Bones, all I can suggest... is you open up a maternity ward.
 
2012-10-05 08:37:20 PM  

Isildur: Once the blasted things are loose, it can be almost impossible to halt the spread.


Farking Autumn Farking Olive (Fark!).
 
2012-10-05 08:37:42 PM  
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2012-10-05 08:59:32 PM  
Don't forget the Snakehead fish that has walked out of your nightmares and invaded the US. It can walk, breath on land and even climb trees.

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2012-10-05 09:41:41 PM  
I do love Fridays around here...
 
2012-10-05 09:59:51 PM  

kryptin420: Don't forget the Snakehead fish that has walked out of your nightmares and invaded the US. It can walk, breath on land and even climb trees.

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RU Sarah Connor?
 
2012-10-05 10:56:03 PM  
It is difficult to keep track of what plants and aquatic species are legal. Some are totally banned, some require a permit, some you're allowed to keep but you're not allowed to sell or transport, some you're only allowed to sell in-state. The thing that makes it even more difficult is that every state has their own laws and different banned species.
 
2012-10-05 11:51:00 PM  

vastcat: It is difficult to keep track of what plants and aquatic species are legal. Some are totally banned, some require a permit, some you're allowed to keep but you're not allowed to sell or transport, some you're only allowed to sell in-state. The thing that makes it even more difficult is that every state has their own laws and different banned species.



In this case, she was warned, but kept trafficking them anyway. There's absolutely no excuse here.
 
2012-10-06 12:55:10 AM  

vonapathy: Oh snap, someone I may or may not know does this, but he or she never bothered to check if it was legal to do so in the US....hmmm...

*shiftyeye*

i know nothing!!!


It IS legal in the US. However, it's evidently NOT in New Zealand.
 
2012-10-06 12:58:43 AM  

Gyrfalcon: I do love Fridays around here...


Pretty fun, aren't they?
 
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