Whopping 8,089 at Lionfish Removal off Pensacola

Successful is too small of a word to describe the second annual Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival May 14-15. In Pensacola alone, 8,089 lionfish were removed in only two days at the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition Tournament. More than 7,000 people (more than double last year’s numbers) attended the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation […]
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FWC Approves 2-part Lionfish removal effort for 2016

At its April 13 meeting in Jupiter, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) approved a two-part lionfish removal plan to further encourage removals of the invasive species in 2016. Lionfish have a potential negative impact on native wildlife and habitat and the FWC encourages divers and anglers to remove them from Florida waters […]
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Traps for Invasive Lionfish on the Horizon

The fight to control the invasive lionfish is about to get real if Ft. Pierce divers Bob and Maria Hickerson have anything to say about it. Hickerson and his wife — who run a series of highly successful lionfish derbies along Florida’s East Coast — also manufacture a popular line of lionfish harvesting gear, including […]
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Florida Keys Anglers Air Their Concerns to the FWC

Florida Keys [anglers] residents spoke out on dolphin fish harvests, lobster bully-netting, lionfish problems and grouper seasons when meeting with state fishery managers last summer. Wednesday in Panama City Beach, board members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will consider whether to act on any of the concerns gathered at a statewide series […]
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Meet the Man Behind the ZooKeeper Lionfish Capture Device

Sarasota entrepreneur Allie ElHage didn’t know anything about the lionfish until late 2011. Four years later, after designing a device that divers use to safely contain the fish, which are festooned with venomous spines, he has become a central player in the effort to rid Florida and Caribbean waters of the invasive species from the […]
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Lionfish Legislation Introduced Into Florida Congress

(Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto) Curt Clawson, R-Bonita Springs, has introduced a bill that would ban importing all 11 lionfish species, including the nine that have not been found in U.S. waters. The bill would not interfere with the selling of fish fillets, which encourages to help eliminate the fish in Florida waters. The bill was introduced last […]
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Hunting Invasive Lionfish Help’s Protect Coral Reefs

As Eric Billips reaches the bottom of the reef, 90 feet down, he spots a cloud of minnows around a coral head, and as expected, finds half a dozen lionfish lurking nearby. They’re beautiful, hovering like little resplendent flowers. But they’re dangerous, housing 18 venomous spines that repel predators. Billips is able to spear three […]
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Lobster season starts Thursday 8-6-15 Runs Through March

  The FWC and Coast Guard reported a rather calm lobster mini-season last Wednesday and Thursday. Neither the FWC or the Coast Guard reported accidents, injuries or deaths. Regular spiny lobster season starts Thursday and runs through March 31. FWC plans to ramp up its efforts to combat poaching and trap robbing this season. The FWC […]
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Using Tech to Corral Florida’s Scary Invasive Species

This large Burmese python, weighing 162 pounds and more than 15 feet long at the time of its capture in 2009, was caught alive in Everglades National Park and was found to have eaten an American alligator that measured about 6 feet in length. University of Florida researchers in the photo: Michael Rochford is holding […]
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Lionfish – Beautiful – Destructive – Now Resorting to Cannibalism

Efforts to tame Florida’s invasive lionfish haven’t worked. Now these venomous fish are eating each other. Though it probably won’t reduce their numbers substantially. Watch divers and researchers fight the invasive lionfish in Florida’s coastal waters. By Katie Pyzyk, National Geographic PUBLISHED JULY 23, 2015 CONCH KEY, Florida—Fisherman Gary Nichols, who has been finding lionfish […]
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New and Old Rules in Place for Lobster Mini-season

Lionfish add a new wrinkle in rules for the 2015 lobster mini-season Wednesday and Thursday. In the one significant change to traditional lobster rules for the sport season, divers who harvest 10 lionfish [you don’t have to stop at 10!] will be allowed to take one — and only one — extra lobster per day. […]
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Lionfish control efforts getting a boost from other lionfish

The lionfish is a highly-destructive non-native species in the Gulf of Mexico, which has few natural predators except, apparently, other lionfish. Source: Lionfish control efforts getting a boost from other lionfish | AL.com
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Shooting lionfish and missing The Shot

  KEVIN LOLLAR, KLOLLAR@NEWS-PRESS.COM Non-native lionfish are a threat to Florida’s marine environment, so I recently went diving in the Keys to kill a few. Video by Kevin Lollar (Photo: Kevin Lollar/ The News-Press) Most photographers and videographers know what it’s like to miss The Shot. Let’s say you’re out in a swamp shooting photos […]
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FWC Proposed Bonus Lobster in Mini-season – Harvest Lionfish

BY KEVIN WADLOW kwadlow@keynoter.com Lad Akins from the Reef Environmental Education Foundation carefully grasps a football-sized lionfish. The Pacific invaders can destroy reef ecosystems if left unchecked. Take 10 lionfish, get an extra lobster: That’s the basis of a statewide lobster mini-season experiment that will be floated to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission next […]
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The Best Florida Keys Lionfish Killers

By Kevin Wadlow kwadlow@keynoter.com Dropping 80 to 100 feet under the ocean surface to start her day’s work, Rachel Lynn Bowman often zeroes in on several invasive lionfish. “It’s a double-edged sword when we see a lot of them,” Bowman said Friday. “I know it’s going to be a good payday. Then I think: What […]
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Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day May 16

State fishery managers have designated the first Saturday after Mother’s Day each year to be “Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day.” On this day, through education and outreach, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will encourage extra effort from the public to remove lionfish from Florida waters. Lionfish are a nonnative, invasive species that have […]
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Workshops Teach Divers to Hunt Invasive Lionfish

Here’s something you don’t see every day: divers and marine conservationists hunting one of the world’s most beautiful fishes. As unlikely as this may seem, this scene is becoming more prevalent since the introduction of exotic lionfish in the Gulf States. Lionfish are an invasive species from the Indo Pacific that were introduced into Atlantic […]
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Islamorada Dive Center Owner Eric Billips Killed Thousands of Lionfish

Written by Molly Solana on 17 Feb 2015 Six years ago, Eric Billips, the owner of the Islamorada Dive Center in the Florida Keys, speared his initial lionfish. Since then, thousands of the invasive, venomous predators have been killed by him. He has taken life of many invasive, venomous predators as numbers of them exploded […]
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