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DebbyDiver 07-15-2010 06:38 PM

Where did you learn of the one tonight in the Keys?

RickI 07-15-2010 06:59 PM

I learned of everything that I put in this post on the phone with their Key Largo headquarters. Apparently their webmaster isn't that fastidious about keeping the calendar up to date. The folks in Key Largo were the ones that told me that interested parties should keep checking the calendar for the next course offering, likely in Ft. Lauderdale. Hope they do it!

DebbyDiver 07-15-2010 07:29 PM

Thanks, Rick. They have admitted to friends who have challenged them on their Lionfish stance that they don't keep the website up. Darn! As soon as you know of the local Lionfish killin' class, would you please post it? ;)

RickI 07-15-2010 09:55 PM

Sure thing, folks would benefit from knowing a capture technique that has been carefully assembled and tried over some time. I will try to find out when they will do the course, as soon as they know, and will post particulars.

DebbyDiver 07-15-2010 10:02 PM

Rick, THANKS! As you are aware, they have a large captive audience of LIONFISH detestors here in Broward! :!:

RickI 12-16-2013 08:18 PM
"VORACIOUS PREDATOR: Lionfish are voracious predators; their stomachs can expand and they eat “anything that will fit into their mouths,” according to one scientist. All of these fishes came from the stomach of this one small lionfish. "

Six years after the start of this post, an article about lionfish appeared in the most recent issue of "Scientific American."

" As Lionfish Invade the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, Conservationists Say Eat Up [Slide Show]
The species is wreaking havoc on reef communities, prompting efforts to encourage the public to catch and eat the fish
By Melissa Gaskill

Conservationists wrestling with the problem of invasive lionfish have suggested that recreationally and commercially harvesting the predatory species for food could put a big dent in its numbers. New findings bolster that view. In one-day derby events in the Florida Keys and Green Turtle Cay, Bahamas, participants caught 1,400 of the fish, reducing local populations of this invasive species by 60 percent. They also enthusiastically ate much of the catch. Stephanie Green, a research fellow at Oregon State University, reported the derby results to the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute (GCFI) in Corpus Christi, Texas, in November.

Lionfish arrived in the South Atlantic in 1985, most likely released by private aquarium owners, and have caused native fish populations there to decline by up to 80 percent. In the Bahamas between 2008 and 2010 they reduced biomass of 42 other fishes by an average of 65 percent. By 2013, lionfish had spread throughout the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico, reaching densities well above those in their native Indo-Pacific habitat and, unlike most invasive species, have shown no signs of slowing down (animation). The invasion may be “one of the greatest threats of this century to warm temperate and tropical Atlantic reefs and associated habitats,” wrote National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientist James A. Morris, Jr., in Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management (pdf)."

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RickI 02-01-2019 09:30 AM

Some recent information and a request.

Some aspects of the problem we're facing with this foreign exotic likely imported by some criminally negligent aquarists who released this plague upon our local ocean. NB - if you plan import or buy exotics;

1) DON'T

2) If you do bring a potential plague into our area NEVER release it to the wild.

Also, lionfish may have some problems developing from an unexpected quarter. If you see lionfish with skin issues like this, please inform the FWC as described below:

"FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
20 hrs ·

Ulcerated lionfish have been reported offshore in the northern Gulf of Mexico, the West Florida Shelf, the Florida Keys, the East Florida Shelf and throughout the Caribbean Sea.

FWC’s Fish and Wildlife Health biologists have been collaborating with the FWC lionfish group, University of Florida(UF) and Okaloosa County, Florida to obtain specimens and conduct necropsies to determine the cause of the disease.
Together with UF, we have evaluated the specimens for parasitic infection, bacterial, fungal and viral infection; however, a cause has not yet been identified.

If you find a lionfish with skin lesions, please let us know:
1. Location
2. The number of lionfish you noted with ulcers
3. A photograph of what you saw, if possible

Your reports are vital, FWC relies on public notification of fish disease and mortality events. There are three ways you can report fish disease, or a fish kill: through our FWC Reporter app, by phone: 800-636-0511, or online: ."

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