Biodivers Conserv (2018) 27:2449–2450 https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-018-1533-y LETTER TO THE EDITOR New decree promotes fish invasion in Amazon and Pantanal 1 2 3 Gustavo H. Zaia Alves · Raffael M. Tófoli · Hugo J. Message · 4 5 Dilermando P. Lima‑Júnior · David J. Hoeinghaus Received: 8 December 2017 / Revised: 17 February 2018 / Accepted: 28 February 2018 / Published online: 1 March 2018 © Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature 2018 To the Editor, Legalization of non-native species for aquaculture is accelerating in Brazil (Tófoli et al. 2016), directly contradicting federal laws Nos. 5197/67 and 9605/98, as well as interna- tional conservation agreements (e.g., Convention on Biological Diversity; Lima-Junior et al. 2018). A recent decree in the state of Mato Grosso (No. 1.190/2017) allows and encourages the rearing of non-native fish species in rivers and reservoirs of the state (such as in net cages in reservoirs). State law No. 10.669, approved in January 2018, subse- quently dispensed of environmental licensing requirements for producers with less than 10,000 cubic meters of water in net cages and less than 5 hectares surface area of aquacul- ture ponds. Combined, these legislative actions seek to help the state become the national leader in aquaculture, primarily through production of tilapia. One sustainable alternative would be to invest
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