FWC announces winners of Lionfish Challenge

At its September meeting in Tallahassee, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced the winners of the 2018 Lionfish Challenge.

Lionfish is an exotic invasive species that is displacing local fish from waters off of Florida’s coast. Hunting competitions have been one of the only ways to curb their spread.

A total of 28,260 lionfish were removed from Florida waters as part of this year’s challenge, which included recreational and commercial categories as well as a new tagged-lionfish component, rewarding participants with prizes up to $5,000 for removal of FWC-tagged lionfish. Continue reading

Warmer NC waters invite lionfish, a tropical troublemaker

From the News & Observer

by Reid Creager

Rising water temperatures off the North Carolina coast are good news for the expansion of tropical fish and for divers. But they may also add to an underwater menace that could ultimately threaten reefs in the Atlantic.

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Lionfish: A new delicacy, or an increasing threat?

Following the lead of Chick-Fil-A to eat more chicken, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has started a new cuisine campaign: “Eat More Lionfish.” Continue reading

Invasive Species in Aquatic Habitats – Altering the Predator-Prey Balance

This past July, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration started a campaign encouraging people to eat more fish. Lionfish, that is.

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Integrated Pest Management Controls Water Hyacinth

Water hyacinth control had evaded land managers for many years and choked the life out of lakes and ponds. In the late 1990s, researchers from Florida discovered that the aquatic weed could be most effectively controlled through integrated pest management.

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