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A Lionfish swims in a display tank in the aquarium on the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah on August 6, 2008. The Lionfish is a voracious venomous sea predator that uses its stripped spines to corner its prey and swift reflexes to snatch them up and swallow them whole. (Photo credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Lionfish Ban Given Preliminary Approval In Florida

Underwater there is no denying their beauty. From their brilliant coloration to showy pectoral fins, lionfish are fascinating to watch but they’ve also caused ecological chaos in the waters off South Florida because they have no natural predators and they eat important indigenous fish. That’s why a new ban on imports of lionfish into Florida has won preliminary approval from the state’s wildlife commission.

CBS Miami–04/17/2014

Large Burmese Pythons are regularly encountered in the Everglades. (Source: National Park Service)

Study: Burmese Pythons Have Incredible Sense Of Direction

South Florida’s Burmese python population explosion may be a bit harder to deal with than originally thought.

CBS Miami–03/19/2014

This 10-foot long African Python killed a 60-pound husky in SW Miami-Dade County on August 30. (Source: Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission)

Officials On Snake Survey For Dangerous & Invasive Rock Pythons

South Florida is already dealing with a Burmese python invasion in the Everglades and now state biologists are concerned that the aggressive rock python might be the latest invasive species to become established in the Everglades and elsewhere in South Florida.

CBS Miami–12/20/2013

The Lionfish is a voracious venomous sea predator that uses its stripped spines to corner its prey and swift reflexes to snatch them up and swallow them whole. (Photo credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Halting The Invasion Of The Lionfish

How are Florida wildlife officials going to stop the invasion of the lionfish?

10/22/2013

Lionfish

Invasive Lionfish Problem Goes Deeper Than Diver’s Reach

Due to the fact that lionfish in the Atlantic don’t have predators, eat whatever fits in their mouths, and are naturally fast-breeders, wildlife officials have encouraged people to catch what they can, but recently a deep water expedition has raised concerns, revealing that the invasive species may be beyond a diver’s reasonable reach.

07/16/2013

Murray Stanford of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission holds a record-sized bullseye snakehead caught during an "electrofishing" outing in a Margate canal. the 14 pound 3 ounce fish would have been an international record if caught on hook and line (Source: Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission via The Miami Herald)

Man Snags Supersnake In Margate Canal

There are records for everything – just read the Guinness Book of World Records. Kelly Gestring, however, owns a record he never expected to attain…and the state biologist who monitors invasive freshwater fish wasn’t exactly thrilled about it.

CBS4–03/16/2013

(Courtesy: Robert Hill, South Florida Water Management)

Monthlong Burmese Python Hunt Ends Sunday

Motivated by cash and curiosity, more than 1,500 hunters are deep in the Everglades on a final push to dent the Burmese python population.

CBS4–02/08/2013

(Source: pythonchallenge.net)

“Python Challenge” Draws Nearly 800 To Hunt Invasive Species

A month-long hunt to eradicate Burmese pythons began Saturday, attracting nearly 800 people to hunt the invasive species on public lands.

CBS4–01/12/2013

A Lionfish swims in a display tank in the aquarium on the United Arab Emirate of Sharjah on August 6, 2008. The Lionfish is a voracious venomous sea predator that uses its stripped spines to corner its prey and swift reflexes to snatch them up and swallow them whole. (Photo credit: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

1,500 Lionfish Removed From Keys During Derbies

South Florida fisherman removed more than 1,500 invasive lionfish from the waters off the Florida Keys during three lionfish derbies in 2011.

CBS4–11/09/2011

Lionfish

S. Florida’s Lionfish Invasion Spreads To Panhandle

South Florida’s lionfish invasion has spread to the Gulf waters off Florida’s Panhandle.

CBS4–08/30/2011

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