Category Archives: Forida

Eat Thine Enemy – Chefs Put Lionfish on the Menu

Chefs can play a leading role in creating markets and economic incentive for fisheries that need greater attention. While I’ve covered this dynamic frequently in articles and blog entires, I’m usually looking at situations where chefs are introducing diners to abundant and … Continue reading

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New Rule Banning Import of Lionfish to Florida Could be Slippery Slope

The smallest lionfish from the genus Pterois is the Mombasa lionfish (P. mombasae). It reaches a maximum size of 20 cm TL. The largest lionfish from the genus Dendrochirus (aka the dwarf lionfishes) is the zebra turkeyfish (D. zebra). It reaches a … Continue reading

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FWC Commissioners Vote Unanimously to Approve Final Lionfish Rules

  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 … Continue reading

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Lionfish Proposed Final Rules Set for Vote Today in Florida

Today 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 … Continue reading

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Federal Red Snapper Season Shortened to Nine Days in Gulf

NOAA Fisheries announced today a revised 2014 red snapper recreational season in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico, reducing the season from the previously announced 11 days to only nine days. The news comes after both Louisiana and Florida elected … Continue reading

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Have We Lost Almost Everything in the Name of Science?

“We have lost almost everything in the name of science. And so look at the big picture. Give us the freedom to fish.” -Captain Matt McLeod In my work as a freelance science writer focused on fisheries, I spend a … Continue reading

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FWC Lionfish Draft Rule Shooting Itself in the Foot?

“[P]rohibiting the importation of live lionfish from anywhere–we may be shooting ourselves in the foot a little bit.” – Lad Akins A shooting simile may be appropriate when discussing lionfish control efforts in Florida, given that one of the most … Continue reading

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Florida Will Have a 52-Day Non-Compliant Red Snapper Season

The state of Florida will have a 52-day non-compliant red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) season in state waters this year. The commissioners unanimously supported Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) staff recommendation for the 52-day season at the FWC Commission meeting today … Continue reading

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to Discuss Draft Lionfish Rules

Tomorrow at the April Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) meeting in Havana, Florida, three draft rules pertaining to lionfish will be proposed. The draft rules are: Modifying FWC’s diving rule (68B-4.012, Florida Administrative Code [FAC]) and lionfish rule (68B-5.006, … Continue reading

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The End of the Fishing Industry – Execution by Electrocution?

There aren’t many states where you can be executed by electrocution any more, but if you’re on Death Row in the Deep South–say in Alabama, Florida or South Carolina–you can still choose execution by electrocution if you’re so inclined. If you’re a … Continue reading

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