Lionfish are a stripped feathery-finned invasive species with venomous spines that have been spreading rapidly since the 1990s along the southeast coast of the U.S., the Caribbean, and in parts of the Gulf of Mexico. The fish were introduced to the region area after aquarium collectors released them in the waters of South Florida. Native to the Indo-Pacific, the lionfish lack natural predators and have been laying waste to local fish and shrimp populations.rom the waters.
Last month at a two-day “Lionfish Awareness Days” across the state of Florida, over 14,000 lionship were caught and removed from local waters. The events included demonstrations on how to fillet and cook lionfish.
The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration is not optimistic about controlling the spread of lionfish. On their website, “Why are lionfish a growing problem in the Atlantic Ocean?” they comment: “Unfortunately, NOAA researchers have concluded that invasive lionfish populations will continue to grow and cannot be eliminated using conventional methods. Marine invaders are nearly impossible to eradicate once established.”
Author:Steve Coale Phone: 561-702-9837 Dated: June 29th 2016 Views: 190 About Steve: ...
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