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State plans to tighten ban on invasive bighead carp

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York regulators are seeking public comment on plans to ban possession of an invasive fish in areas of the state where that isn't already forbidden.

The bighead carp is considered a threat to other fish in the Great Lakes and authorities are trying to prevent its spread from the Mississippi River system.

The Department of Conservation already prohibits importing, transporting or selling bighead carp in most of the state. But it made an exception for New York City and the Westchester County towns of Rye, Harrison, and Mamaroneck, where they can be sold at live markets as long as they're killed before being taken by a customer.

But new federal regulations require New York to lift the exception.

Interested parties can email comments by April 20 to fishregs@gw.dec.state.ny.us, with "Bighead Carp Regulations" in the subject line.

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