Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Koi Allowed Back Only If Kept Hidden

The saga of a chinese restauranteur from Maine, and his confiscated koi, is continuing this week after Mr Ly won his fight to get his koi back. The state review board voted on Monday to grant Mr Ly with a permit enabling him to keep his koi.

This may seem like a victory for Mr Ly who has owned these fish, long before the ban on koi was brought in, but he has to comply with strict rules. Mr Ly will no longer be allowed to display his koi in his restaurant, the China Rose, as he has done for the past 15 years, or anywhere public for that matter. This rule is to discourage others from keeping koi and to prevent the thinking that exceptions will be made.

This goes against Mr Ly's Feng Shui beliefs that fish displayed in his restaurant bring his business good fortune. Perhaps the one thing that shows how seriously the authorities are taking this issue, is that all ten of the koi will have to be microchip tagged. This will prevent Mr Ly stocking more koi and possibly to trace any if they did escape.
For more on this story go to MaineToday.com



At 1:04 AM, Anonymous The Koi Guy said...

Never heard of this koi story from Maine on the news. Never knew there was a ban on koi. Interesting!

Thanks for sharing!


Jamie Boyle
The Goldfish and Koi Guy

At 2:26 PM, Anonymous Melisa said...

Why were the Koi fish banned? Something to do with hygiene?

At 2:42 AM, Anonymous KoiFishCareInformation said...

You know what's funny is that this can happen to any type of fish really depending on your climate. Are they going to ban others too?

That's not right really. This was a symbol of good fortune for his restaurant. It's very similar to someone's faith or religion.

Glad he got to keep his koi but he shouldn't have to hide them. We all know or should at least that no fish should be released in any river or nearby stream as it may disrupt the natural ecosystem. People need to be educated but lets face it we can't stop all for sure.

I hope Mr. Ly keeps his good fortune and his restaurant does well.


Koi Expert

At 8:40 PM, Blogger king said...

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