Florida Senate - 2018 SB 168 By Senator Steube 23-00005-18 2018168__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to nonnative animals; creating s. 3 379.2311, F.S.; defining the terms “pet dealer” and 4 “priority invasive species”; providing legislative 5 findings; requiring the Fish and Wildlife Conservation 6 Commission to establish a pilot program for the 7 eradication of priority invasive species; providing 8 the goal of the pilot program; authorizing the 9 commission to enter into specified contracts; 10 specifying parameters for the implementation of the 11 pilot program; specifying procedures for the capture 12 and disposal of animals that belong to priority 13 invasive species; requiring the commission to submit a 14 report to the Governor and the Legislature by a 15 specified date; requiring animals that belong to 16 certain nonnative species to be implanted with a 17 passive integrated transponder tag before sale, 18 resale, or being offered for sale by a pet dealer; 19 requiring the commission to adopt rules; providing 20 appropriations; providing an effective date. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Section 379.2311, Florida Statutes, is created 25 to read: 26 379.2311 Nonnative animal management.— 27 (1) As used in this section, the term: 28 (a) “Pet dealer” means any person who, in the ordinary 29 course of business, engages in the sale of more than 20 animals 30 per year to the public. This term includes breeders who sell 31 animals directly to consumers. 32 (b) “Priority invasive species” means the following 33 species: 34 1. Lizards of the genus Tupinambis, also known as tegu 35 lizards; 36 2. Species identified in s. 379.372(2)(a); 37 3. Pterois volitans, also known as red lionfish; and 38 4. Pterois miles, also known as the common lionfish or 39 devil firefish. 40 (2) The Legislature finds that priority invasive species 41 continue to expand their range and to decimate the fauna and 42 flora of the Everglades and other natural areas and ecosystems 43 in the southern and central parts of the state at an 44 accelerating rate. Therefore, the commission shall establish a 45 pilot program to mitigate the impact of priority invasive 46 species on the public lands or waters of this state. 47 (a) The goal of the pilot program is to examine the 48 benefits of using strategically deployed, trained private 49 contractors to slow the advance of priority invasive species, 50 contain their populations, and eradicate them from this state. 51 (b) In implementing the pilot program, the commission may 52 enter into contracts in accordance with chapter 287 with 53 entities or individuals to capture or destroy animals belonging 54 to priority invasive species found on public lands or in the 55 waters of this state. Any private contracted work to be 56 performed on public land or in the waters of the state not owned 57 or managed by the commission must have the consent of the owner. 58 (c) The commission shall ensure that all captures and 59 disposals of animals that belong to these priority invasive 60 species are documented and photographed and that the geographic 61 location of the take is recorded for research purposes. The 62 commission shall direct the disposal of all animals captured and 63 not destroyed in removal efforts. 64 (d) The commission shall submit a report of findings and 65 recommendations regarding its implementation of the pilot 66 program to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the 67 Speaker of the House of Representatives by January 1, 2021. 68 (3) Before selling, reselling, or offering for sale any 69 nonnative animal identified by the commission pursuant to 70 paragraph (a), pet dealers must implant in the animal, or have 71 the animal implanted with, a passive integrated transponder 72 (PIT) tag, as specified by the commission. The commission shall 73 adopt rules to implement this subsection, including both of the 74 following: 75 (a) The identification of nonnative animals that threaten 76 the state’s wildlife habitats and, therefore, must be implanted 77 with a PIT tag. 78 (b) The adoption of a standard for the types of PIT tags 79 which must be used by pet dealers and the manner in which they 80 must be implanted. 81 Section 2. For the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 fiscal years, 82 the sum of $300,000 in nonrecurring funds is appropriated each 83 year from the Land Acquisition Trust Fund to the Fish and 84 Wildlife Conservation Commission for the purpose of implementing 85 s. 379.2311. 86 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.