16. No person may have any specimen of a threatened or vulnerable plant species or any of its parts, including its progeny, in his possession outside its natural environment, or harvest, exploit, mutilate, destroy, acquire, transfer, offer to transfer or genetically manipulate it.
The prohibition in the first paragraph does not apply to
(1) an activity exempted by regulation;
(2) an activity carried on in accordance with the standards or conditions of management prescribed by regulation;
(3) an activity required for educational, scientific or management purposes carried on in accordance with the conditions of an authorization from the Minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks;
(4) an activity required to repair damage caused by a catastrophe or to prevent possible damage from an apprehended catastrophe.
1989, c. 37, s. 16; 1994, c. 17, s. 53; 1999, c. 36, s. 133; 2006, c. 3, s. 35.