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Monday, January 27, 2014

Los Angeles Times: They are gaudy. They are hungry. And they are invading coral reefs and devouring native fish throughout the Caribbean. They are lionfish, and they are multiplying like crazy. Until recently, the battle to save the Caribbean's coral reefs from a lionfish explosion seemed hopeless. Lionfish grow quickly and spawn as much as once every three to four days. They are "gape-limited," which means they feast on whatever fits in their mouth, and there is a painful venom in their spikes. At least in the Atlantic, they appear to have no natural predators.

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The lionfish's native range extends from the eastern coast of Africa all the way to Australia, where an unknown force keeps their numbers in check.

"We don't know why they aren't a problem there," [Oregon State University marine ecologist Stephanie] Green said. "It could be something there eats them as juveniles or eats their eggs, or that they are not as effective predators.

"Whatever it is, we certainly don't have it here," she said. "These things spread like wildfire."

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Given the number of young lionfish produce, the task of getting their population down to a level where they aren't decimating (worse, actually) reefs seems virtually impossible.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-27 08:50 AM | Reply | Flag:

Ever eaten a lion fish? Tasty, Tasty.

#2 | Posted by homerj at 2014-01-27 01:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

#2 | Posted by homerj

I've kept them in a saltwater aquarium - all accounted for - and seen them off Grand Cayman (as the divemasters pronged and bagged them), but never eaten one. Can you compare their taste to anything, other than chicken (or rattlesnake or alligator or ostrich)?

#3 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-27 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

The answer to the problem of over fishing rears its tasty head.

Lol, my worst problem with scuba diving is coming back up ravenous. It might just be the calories burned, but I suspect something to do with all the seafood I see going by.

#4 | Posted by zeropointnrg at 2014-01-27 01:36 PM | Reply | Flag:

LOL

#5 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-27 03:32 PM | Reply | Flag:

Like to boa constructors in the everglades and the snake heads in the Mississippi, lion fish are horrible ecological consequences of dumb ass dbags live release of same.

Even if a bounty was put on their heads, the sobs are unstoppable.

#6 | Posted by DavetheWave at 2014-01-27 05:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

They are already a problem in the Keys: keysnews.com

#7 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-01-27 06:27 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Can They Be Stopped?"

Sure, give homeless kids a place to stay and food to eat and every day take them out to "hunt" these fish.

#8 | Posted by Tor at 2014-01-27 06:38 PM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

So where did they originate and how did they get to the Caribbean?

They were imported illegally under the globalist NWO and now the local environment faces the outcome

#9 | Posted by Robson at 2014-01-27 08:22 PM | Reply | Flag:

Then they should be cheaper at the pet store.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2014-01-27 10:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

I have never ate, one but yes according too a article I read they are suppose to be very tasty!

#11 | Posted by PunchyPossum at 2014-01-28 12:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Lionfish are voracious: I owned a couple some years back - probably in the late-90s - and they cost me a small fortune in goldfish.

#12 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2014-01-28 10:22 AM | Reply | Flag:

Recently found in ancient Chinese folk medicine...powdered Lionfish fin is an aphrodisiac.
Better than Rhinohorn !
Pass it on .

#13 | Posted by kerrin57 at 2014-01-28 11:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

OK, Who's the guy that turned them damn fish loose in the ocean?

#14 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-01-28 12:20 PM | Reply | Flag:

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