We are so happy that GloFish Fluorescent Fish are now allowed to be owned in California! PetSolutions was one of the first places to sell GloFish when they were first developed, and we are still one of the first places to get new variations of the line. However, GloFish have always been illegal to sell in California. Thanks to the comment from a recent customer, we heard that they are now allowed in California.
John, our Live Deliveries Manager, used his connections to find out if the information we heard was, in fact, true. All the research we did prior to contacting official representatives came up as GloFish still being illegal in California. However, we received a message from the company stating that these fluorescent fish are now available to customers in California.
A Brief History
GloFish have been widely distributed to the other 49 states for more than a decade. Unfortunately, they were initially created by genetically modifying Danios, Tetras, and Barbs. The genetic modification occurred to the first fish, and subsequent fish are bred with the glowing gene. Since California has a blanket ban against anything that has been genetically modified, these freshwater fish fell under this ban. After a comprehensive review, the California Department of Fish & Wildlife formally concluded that “GloFish pose no foreseeable risk of harm to native fish and wildlife in California.” The conclusion was made after a comprehensive review of findings from the US Food & Drug Administration, State of Florida Division of Aquaculture, peer-reviewed publications, and expert assessments.
The California regulations relating to transgenic fish are in process of being formally amended to specifically clarify that GloFish are now exempt from the regulations. In the interim, it seems that officials will not object to the sale of GloFish in California.
Buy GloFish at PetSolutions
PetSolutions is proud to carry the full line of GloFish fluorescent fish available, in all breeds and colors. Check out our full selection today to pick which glowing fish you want to have in your home! You can also find GloFish Aquarium Kits, Aquarium Plants, and Resin Ornaments to compliment your GloFish and give them a truly stellar swimming space.
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