Lionfish Proposed Final Rules Set for Vote Today in Florida

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 10.53.31 AMToday Florida Fish and Wildlife staff will recommend approving the proposed final rules that prohibit the importation of live lionfish from the genus Pterois, allow persons diving by means of a rebreather to harvest and possess lionfish, and 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.

Stay tuned to The Good Catch Blog Facebook page and my Twitter feed for the latest. For background information, see the following:

FWC Lionfish Draft Rule Shooting Itself in the Foot?

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to Discuss Draft Lionfish Rules

The Story behind Florida’s Efforts to Ban Lionfish Importation

Florida Looks to Ban Lionfish Imports and Aquaculture

Snakeheads and Lionfish and Pythons…Oh My! The Risks Associated with the Trade in Live Animals


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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1 Response to Lionfish Proposed Final Rules Set for Vote Today in Florida

  1. Pingback: New Rule Banning Import of Lionfish to Florida Could be Slippery Slope | Good Catch Blog

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