Lionfish

DNA Barcoding Our Way into Understanding the Lionfish Problem

In the late 1980’s a few exotic lionfish were found off the coast of Dania Florida. I do not think anyone foresaw the impact this was going to have.  Producing tens of thousands of drifting eggs per female each week, they began to disperse following the Gulf Stream.  First in northeast Florida, then the Carolina’s, …

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10,000 Lionfish Have Been Submitted in the FWC Lionfish Challenge

The state is doing their best to try to remove lionfish.  After the success Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day held across the state – and in Pensacola – the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission initiated a Lionfish Challenge.  In this program divers submit lionfish tails to local dive shops.  The number of tails submitted …

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The Lionfish Tournament is Over… What Now?

The recent Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day was a big success.  8,089 lionfish were removed over that weekend and over 6000 visitors are now more aware of the issue this invasive fish is causing in our waters.  But did it help?  Did this tournament make a large dent in the local population? Honestly, we are …

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Lionfish Removal & Awareness Day

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Flier May 14 – 15, 2016 Lionfish tastings Fillet demonstrations Family activities Celebrity chefs Raffles and prizes Conservation vendors Visit:  http://ReefRangers.com/Event-info  

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Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Derby is Open for Lionfish!

FWC’s Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day is about a month away but for those interested in entering the derby you can submit lionfish right now.  To learn more about the process and how to register visit the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition http://www.gulfcoastlionfish.com/.  

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Lionfish Sighting Verified on Pensacola Beach

Bryan Clark of the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition and Coast Watch Alliance verified a sighting of a lionfish in our inshore waters.  The lionfish was seen, and photographed, at the snorkel reef at Park East this week.  Escambia County and Sea Grant continue to monitor our inshore reefs and other structures for lionfish.  If you …

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Inshore Lionfish Final Report for 2014 – September 5

The original plan for the inshore lionfish survey was to do weekly dives during July and August. After a dive on August 31 the team did not see a lionfish at any of the inshore reefs or structures. We did have 2 unverified reports of lionfish from residents. One was mid summer at Ft. McRee …

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