The ruling is rooted in California’s endangered species law, which explicitly pertains to “fish” classified as invertebrates. The law has also been used to protect other land-dwelling invertebrates like snails, and as such is now extended to bees despite challenges from agricultural groups representing citrus, almond and cotton farmers at odds with the insects.
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Calif. Court: Bees Are Fish, Per State Law
An appeals court in Sacramento, Calif., has ruled bees are legally considered to be fish per state environmental law. So reports The Sacramento Bee.