Category Archives: Southeast Fisheries

The Big Picture – Freedom, Collaboration and Vigilance in the Name of Conservation

It’s high time that we recognize that our freedom and our biodiversity are linked together. We cannot have an abundance of the former without an abundance of the latter. – H. Bruce Rinker Dr. H. Bruce Rinker’s most recent offering in … Continue reading

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BANNED! [Excerpt from CORAL Magazine]

For your weekend reading enjoyment, CORAL Magazine has made one of my articles from the July/August 2014 print issue on Florida’s new lionfish import ban available for free online. After many months of fact-finding and testimony, the seven Florida Fish and … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trash Fish – Building Markets

“We have an idea what we might get, but we won’t know for sure until the day of the event,” said chef Stephen Phelps in an article published Wednesday in the Herald-Tribune. He was talking about the fish that will be … Continue reading

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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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