Every year hundreds of boaters and divers take part in South Florida’s popular two-day lobster mini-season but this year, you’ll get a little something extra if you remove 10 lionfish from the water.
Florida wildlife officials have banned the breeding of lionfish in the state as a last ditch effort to eradicate the invasive species.
Aquarium shops wanting to get lionfish will have to get it from a diver thanks to a new ban on importing the fish which kicked in Friday.
Dust off your nets and tickle sticks, South Florida, the 2014 mini-season is around the corner.
A ban on importing lionfish for the aquarium trade has been given final approval by Florida wildlife officials.
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 encourage people to catch as many as possible. Now, there’s an app for that.
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.
How are Florida wildlife officials going to stop the invasion of the lionfish?
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.
A temporary rule that makes it easier to catch lionfish, the invasive fish that belongs in the Indian and Pacific oceans, will soon be permanent in Florida.