Are Apple Snails banned for sale in the UK?

Are Apple Snails illegal in the UK?

The Apple snail, also known as the Mystery Snail, and most species of Pomacea mollusc in the family Ampullariidae, were found to be causing ecosystem issues in Spain and were classified invasive by the EU in 2011. They were subsequently banned for sale in the United Kingdom and the European Union. However from early 2021, thanks in part to OATA lobbying and "Brexit", the apple snail is no longer banned in the UK, and this popular favourite is once again available for aquarium stockists to retail. 

Data current as of August 2021.

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Does this mean the Dwarf Mexican Crayfish (Cambarellus patzcuarensis) is also now legal? I think they were banned from being sold due to Brexit also.

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