Lionfish: Florida Officials Want You To Kill ’em And Eat ’em

lionfishAnglers in the Sunshine State can help aid the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission by netting some lionfish. Lionfish, also known as Pterois, is a venomous species not native to Florida waters.

According to the Associated Press, Florida officials temporarily waived license requirements on fishing the species with spears, nets and slings last August for the purpose of decreasing the lionfish population. Now the commission is meeting to discuss permanent regulations that will make the lionfish easier to catch.

Florida recognizes lionfish as an invasive species and a threat to the state’s saltwater wildlife. The species was first reported seen in Florida waters during the 1980s, but have since then became increasingly widespread. Lionfish are voracious hunters and are having a noticeable effect on…



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