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Lionfish Facts

Lionfish Facts

Pterois volitans Pterois miles The genus name, Pterois, pronounced (tare-oh-eese) is defined as “lionfish.” The word Pterois comes from the Greek word “pteroeis” meaning “feathered” or “winged” The species name, volitans, pronounced (vole-ee-tahnz), is Latin for “flying” or “hovering,” the complement of the Latin word “volitō,” which means “to fly” or “to hover.” The species name, miles, pronounced (mee-layz), is Latin for “soldiering,” the complement of the Latin word “mīlitō,” which means “to soldier.” They are so beautiful. I want … Read entire article »

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New artificial reef dropped 15 miles off Marineland

By LORRAINE THOMPSON Special to The Record St. Augustine Beach resident Amy Kennedy spent more than a year planning her recent “cruises.” Kennedy, a project engineer for the Flagler County Engineering Department, spent two days on the Atlantic on commercial barges, where she oversaw the dumping of more than 800 tons of concrete at designated areas 15 miles offshore east of Marineland. Late Wednesday, the dumping site became the area’s newest artificial reef as the second and final load was dumped. The new Flagler reef coordinates are … Read the rest by clicking HERE … Read entire article »

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NE Florida Lionfish Derby, 2013

NE Florida Lionfish Derby, 2013

[singlepic id=965 w=320 h=240 float=center] It was Friday August 23, 2013 and we met at Nippers for the required Captains Meeting. The room was filled with guest speakers and participants from all across Florida and part of Georgia. It would be the last opportunity to signup and participate in the Derby with awards as high as $1500.00 going to the team with the most lionfish. During the evening, speakers Walt Quinn (2013 Derby Director and proprietor), … Read entire article »

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 2013 Lionfish Summit

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission 2013 Lionfish Summit

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announces the FREE 2013 Lionfish Summit. [singlepic id=949 w=320 h=240 float=center link=https://fwclionfish.eventbrite.com/] Click on the logo to register and for more information Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 1:30 PM – Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 12:30 PM (EDT) Cocoa Beach, FL … Read entire article »

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Jacksonvilles Newest Artificial Reef placed August 2, 2013

On Friday August 2, 2013 A new Artificial Reef was placed in 73 feet of water off Ponte Vedra Florida. Ponte Vedra is approximately 20 miles south of the jetties in Mayport, where the mouth of the St. Johns River meets the Atlantic Ocean. The Reef makes up the third artifical reef in the area creating a triangle of reefs coined "The Triad." The name of this specific reef is Fred Morrow reef and is with recreational limits for divers.   Watch a small clip of that days event, below   … Read entire article »

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Turn Shark Week into Shark Weak

Turn Shark Week into Shark Weak

Please help us. Every day that passes, I wonder if I will be next. I am afraid. I am scared, I am alone. Can we live together, on this one world? Before it is too late, please help me.. Please save my life. … Read entire article »

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Shark Weak

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NE Florida’s Newest Artificial Reef

The day began at 3AM for the crew of Anger Management, Salonen Marine’s tug. Leaving from Moody’s shipyard Jacksonville Florida, their destination was the NE Corner of a permitted area known as Floyd’s Folly. Floyd’s Folly sits about 20nm SE of Jacksonville’s jetties (The mouth of the St. Johns river) and 12 miles from the shore of Ponte Vedra. The tug is pushing a barge with approximately 800+ tons of concrete culverts, and pilings which will be used for NE Florida’s newest artificial reef. The new reef will join two others in the near vicinity placed in 2009 and 2011 respectively creating a triangle of artificial reefs, convenient in location to divers, fishermen and fisherwomen. We are calling the area of the three reefs, “The Triad.” The Action News 30 film crew, … Read entire article »

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Muck Diving – Lembah Indonesia

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Lionfish Found at Disturbing Depths

by Megan Gannon, News Editor Live Science The relentless scourge of lionfish has crept to unexpected depths: Off the coast of Florida, researchers say they found the venomous invader thriving around a sunken ship at 300 feet (91 meters) below the water’s surface. [singlepic id=945 w=320 h=240 float=right] “We expected some populations of lionfish at that depth, but their numbers and size were a surprise,” researcher Stephanie Green, of Oregon State University, said in a statement. Last month, Green and colleagues investigated the seafloor near Fort Lauderdale, Fla., in a deep-diving Antipodes sub. At 300 feet (91 m) deep, the team witnessed a large number of the spiny fish near the intentionally sunken Bill Boyd cargo ship, an artificial reef created in 1986. [See Photos of Lionfish & Other Freaky Fish] While lionfish are typically … Read entire article »

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Lionfish prove to be formidable component to sharks

Jeanna Bryner, Managing Editor Live Sciences The invasive lionfish is native to the Indo-Pacific region, though has been eating its way through reefs of the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, scientists are finding. With no effective predators, fishing by humans may be the only way to control the population, say scientists. CREDIT: Abel Valdivia [singlepic id=743 w=320 h=240 float=left] The eye-catching red lionfish is eating its way through Caribbean reefs, and nothing, not even a toothy shark, seems able to stop the voracious fish, a new study finds. “Lionfish are here to stay, and it appears that the only way to control them is by fishing them,” said researcher John Bruno, professor of biology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The research, detailed online July 11 in the journal PLOS ONE, focused on … Read entire article »

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Belize to export invasive species, lionfish

9th July 2013, Placencia, Belize – Along Belize’s world heritage site-listed barrier reef, coastal communities are making waves in fight against a rapacious predator. At 11am on Tuesday, 2 July, the first box of filleted invasive lionfish left Belize international airport bound for Minneapolis, Minnesota. Its contents: 5.2 kg of the invasive lionfish, Pterois volitans, a species that poses one of the greatest threats to the sustainability of coral reefs and fisheries throughout the Caribbean region. [singlepic id=941 w=320 h=240 float=left] First released accidentally into the Caribbean near Florida by aquarists in the 1980s, the predatory fish from the Indo-Pacific has no natural predators in the Atlantic, and an exploding population is steadily eating its way across the entire Caribbean Sea. From the Bahamas to Barbados, coral reefs – and the traditional fisheries they … Read entire article »

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SS Ozama Discovered off South Carolina

Larry, The shipwreck that we’ve found and identified is the SS Ozama, which was lost in 1894 off Cape Romain, South Carolina. The lead story is now out, so there is no more hold. It was on Discovery News at http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/smugglers-shipwrecked-steamer-found-130602.htm [singlepic id=936 w=320 h=240 float=center] [singlepic id=934 w=320 h=240 float=left][singlepic id=935 w=320 h=240 float=center] An associate has started a Wikipedia page on the wreck giving a lot of my source material. That page is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Ozama_(1881). Thank you so much for your interest in this. Lee … Read entire article »

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Goliath Grouper conservation survey

Please consider taking the time to complete this survey. It’s rather long but only took me about 15 minutes to complete. It was sent to saltwater fishing license holders in Florida. I’m disturbed by the sample of stakeholders for the survey. I hope that divers will participate to get a more diverse sample of opinions. Commercial fisherman are of the opinion that there are now too many goliath groupers and want to open the season to kill them. They complain that Goliath steal their catch. Scientific evidence has shown that although goliath grouper have made a miraculous recovery, the breeders are still rather young and cannot handle the pressure of a harvest. Click here to take the SURVEY     … Read entire article »

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Lionfish Blast – Are you in or out?

Hi Everyone, Capt.Dan here we are going to do two weekends for the Lion Fish Hunt I will be giving away a free $100 dive trip for who ever gets the most. Come April 13 and April 20. The trips will cost $150 you can bring 4 tanks everyone needs to be advance diver. 110 to 115 will be the deepest. So give me a call 904-463-3236. [singlepic id=925 w=320 h=240 float=center] We are almost 1/2 way into the April month and the Lionfish Blast is well underway. We have some good numbers coming in and more days to beat those number and try to earn the top spot and the $500 award. Capt. Dan Lindley has dedicated his boat for the next two weekends to support the event. Visit Offshore Dive Charter at … Read entire article »

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DEMA Show 2013 – Orange County Convention Center – Orlando Florida

DEMA Show 2012 saw four fantastic show days with thousands of people flooding the aisles of the exhibit hall which features hundreds of exhibits all dedicated to the diving, action watersports and travel industries. Mark your calendars for DEMA Show 2013, November 6-9 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. DEMA Show has gone mobile!  Click here to view event details, the floor plan and show specials on your mobile device. ATTENDEE        EXHIBITOR    MEDIA     FLOOR PLAN     FEATURES   HOTELS    REGISTRATION   About DEMA Show                 About DEMA                    Join DEMA Sponsors                                Show Floor                       Seminars Register                                  Book Hotel                       Contact Us Produced by DEMA, The Diving Equipment & Marketing Association Toll Free: (800)-862-3483 Phone: (858)-616-6108 Fax: (858)-616-6495 Email: info@dema.com 313 South Patrick Street Alexandria, VA 22314 Managed by National Trade Productions (NTP) Toll Free: (800)-687-7469 Phone: (703)-683-8500 Fax: … Read entire article »

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