Norwegian Environment Agency: Don’t catch tadpoles without a permit

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To prevent the spread of fungi among amphibians, it is now no longer allowed to catch tadpoles without permission.

“It can be exciting to follow the development from tadpoles to frogs, but unfortunately, our amphibians are not doing so well. They are threatened by amphibious fungi, but also by pollution and climate change,” section leader Knut Morten Vangen in the Norwegian Environment Agency warned in a press release.

To avoid the spread of amphibious fungi, the authority has removed the exception in regulations that allowed the collection of eggs/tadpoles of common frogs for those who want to monitor the development process of frogs. From now, a permit will be necessary to collect eggs/tadpoles.

“It is important so that we can prevent the fungus from spreading,” Vangen added.

The amphibious fungus has recently been detected in Norway. It is contagious and can cause disease and death among the amphibians that come into contact with it. 

Sick amphibians have not yet been registered as a result of the fungus, the Norwegian Environment Agency stated.

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