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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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Got Lionfish?

Got Lionfish?

    Lionfish 101 at Billy’s Boathouse Grille, Jacksonville, FL. When Sat, June 16, 7:00pm – 9:30pm Where Billy’s Boathouse Grille (map) Description Got Lionfish? Learn about this invasive species in local waters and how our teams of divers and lionfish aficionados are combating their destruction of native fish and reefs. Seafood appetizer buffet with shrimp dip, hot crab dip, peel n eat shrimp and fish fingers (and maybe some lionfish filets!) to be served. Tickets are $18 per person, … Read entire article »

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