— California’s largest state fish and game agency is banning halibots, poodles, and other small fish from its rivers, lakes and streams.
The ban comes after a federal court ordered a statewide ban on importing small fish because of the threat of human-caused climate change.
But California will also ban the sale of fish that have a genetic mutation that could result in a population of a disease that kills hundreds of thousands of people in the United States each year.
A state ban would have a ripple effect throughout the U.S., where small, freshwater fish are being traded and eaten at an alarming rate.
Halibots are the largest edible edible fish in the world, accounting for about half of the world’s fish.
California’s Fish and Wildlife Commission said in a news release Tuesday that it had received more than 400,000 comments in response to the ban, and has narrowed the list of species to halibot, poodle, and brown trout.
Halobots are usually yellow, but in rare cases they may have brown or red coloring.
The fish, native to South America and Central America, are found in the Pacific Ocean off the U,S.
coast and the Mexican border.
Halabots can weigh up to 2.5 pounds and have fins up to 5 feet long.
Poodles are typically brown or orange in color and can grow up to three feet long, but they can grow to a size of three to five feet.
Brown and red trout are the most common fish in California, but there are a few other species that also can grow bigger than the halibotted halibutt.
“California will continue to ensure the safety and sustainability of its natural resources and its residents, but we cannot allow the sale and consumption of any fish that could lead to disease and harm the environment,” the agency said in the release.
The federal ban will take effect Monday, and violators could face a $1,000 fine.
Fish and Boat Commission, which regulates the import of freshwater fish and other marine mammals, said the ban does not apply to any other species of fish.
The state’s ban also does not affect the sale or purchase of prawn fish, halibattles, or any other small, fresh fish.