FWC Commissioners Vote Unanimously to Approve Final Lionfish Rules

 

The unanimous vote by FWC Commissioners at the FWC Commissioners Meeting in Fort Myers, FL Just Now Makes this the cover of the newxt issue of CORAL Magazine.

The unanimous vote by FWC Commissioners at the FWC Commissioners Meeting in Fort Myers, FL just now makes this the official cover of the next issue of CORAL Magazine.

Today Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioners approved unanimously the proposed final rules that 1) prohibit the importation of live lionfish from the genus Pterois, 2) allow persons diving by means of a rebreather to harvest and possess lionfish, and 3) allow the Executive Director to issue permits to events in order to allow the use of spearfishing gears in areas where the activity is prohibited to remove lionfish or other nonnative invasive species.

While these rules will only apply to Florida, the effects may be far reaching in the marine aquarium trade. The rules will become effective 1 August 2014

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About Ret Talbot

Ret Talbot is a freelance writer who covers fisheries at the intersection of science and sustainability. His work has appeared in publications such as National Geographic, Mongabay, Discover Magazine, Ocean Geographic and Coral Magazine. He lives on the coast of Maine with his wife, scientific illustrator Karen Talbot.
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