A California court has ruled that bees can be classified as fish. And that’s why

(ORDO NEWS) — A California court in the US has ruled that bees can now be legally defined as “fish” under state conservation law.

The strange court ruling has quite adequate justification

The judge of the California Third Circuit Court of Appeals noted that from a biological point of view, bees are not fish. However, legally bees can be classified as fish in order to protect them under the California Endangered Species Act.

Despite the fact that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife considers a number of species of bees “endangered”, they have not previously received protection under the law. The fact is that the law protected birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and plants. But not insects.

How did a bee become a fish?

In 2020, a district court ruled that the California Fish and Wildlife Commission cannot list invertebrates (such as bees) under the California Endangered Species Act. The Xerces Invertebrate Conservation Society disagreed with this ruling and decided to challenge it.

As a result, the judge concluded that the definition of fish can be used not only in relation to aquatic species.

“Fish, as the term is usually understood in everyday use, of course, lives in the aquatic environment. However, as noted by the Department and the Commission, the technical definition in section 45 of the [California Fish and Game Code] includes molluscs, invertebrates, amphibians and crustaceans, all of which include terrestrial and aquatic species,” the judge said.

The Court ruled that the Fish and Wildlife Commission has the right to list invertebrates as endangered or endangered species. That is, bees are fish, if the Fisheries and Hunting Commission says they are fish – to provide them with protection.

Of course, the decision may seem strange, but the conservationists clearly liked it.

“We celebrate today’s decision that insects and other invertebrates are eligible for protection under the Endangered Species Act.

The court’s decision allows California to protect some of its endangered pollinators, which will contribute to the resilience of local ecosystems and the state’s farms,” ​​Xerces said in a statement .


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