Biological supply companies

crayfishPhoto provided by the Minnesota Invasive Species Research Center.

Important partners in helping to prevent invasive species introductions

Invasive species cause recreational, economic and ecological damage—changing how residents and visitors use and enjoy Minnesota waters. Businesses in the live plant and animal trades can take these actions to protect Minnesota waters from new introductions of invasive species.

Are you teacher or researcher using live organisms in the classroom or laboratory? Visit our responsible buyers page.

Ensure your business does not buy or sell prohibited invasive species

Species that are illegal to possess and sell include all Minnesota prohibited invasive species, state and federal noxious weeds and federally-listed injurious wildlife.

Remind your customers not to release non-native organisms into the environment

It is illegal to release most non-native animals and plants into a free-living state in Minnesota. Remind your customers not to release non-native organisms into the environment and provide them with alternatives to release.

Sign up for our Biological Supply Trade email list

Sign up for the DNR’s email list specifically for biological suppliers to stay up-to-date on new information, resources, and changes in regulations related to invasive species.


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