Collection Of Giant Anemones Banned For 3 Years

Acting on the request of the Florida Marine Life Association, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission voted on Wednesday to impose a three-year ban on removing Condylactis gigantea anemones from the wild, starting from November 1st.

The association said the anemone has suffered a sharp decline in the past few years, possibly from excessive collecting for the aquarium trade, and partly from the cold weather that blanketed southern Florida in 2010.

“The three-year closure will allow the species time to rebuild its population numbers,” states a commission news release issued Wednesday.