Lionfish get Death Sentence in Florida

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Common Lionfish (Red Sea)

The clock is ticking and time is running out for Florida’s Lionfish population. As local dive centres organise events to cull the invasive species the Lionfish are munching on their last fish dinners unaware of their impending doom.

Unfortunately for the Lionfish, their appetite for the juveniles of other key reef fish such as Groupers and Snappers combined with the fact that they have no known marine predators so their numbers grow unchecked means that locals occasionally have to take matters into their own hands. However, the caught fish will not go to waste, apparently the white meat of the Lionfish is somewhat of a delicacy, I just hope they remember to remove those poisonous spines first!

Apparently a similar cull in Key Largo last year yeilded a catch of 659 Lionfish.

For more information: Lionfish Derbies – www.reef.org/lionfish/derbies

Lionfish threat info – www.reef.org/lionfish

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published on April 29, 2011 by jason
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  1. diverdown says:

    I can vouch for it, lionfish are delicious!!

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