A court in California ruled that a bumblebee is a fish under existing environmental laws after a lower court ruling excluded them from protection as “threatened” species under the law.
The case was Almond Alliance of California v. Fish and Game Commission, in which the California State Appellate Court of the Third District said the “issue presented here is whether the bumblebee, a terrestrial invertebrate, falls within the definition of a fish.”
Since the state previously included other invertebrate species as protected under the law, which is only supposed to protect fish and marine life, the court said the bee species could be included as fish.
The court ruled that the Fish and Game Commission had the right to designate other species than fish as protected under its authority by using a “liberal interpretation” of the rule.
But even though it makes sense under the court’s reasoning, it somehow doesn’t seem right to call a bee a fish.
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