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First Report (and Removal) of Non-Native Surgeonfish Species in Florida

In a press release yesterday, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) reported the first record of the non-native marine fish species Acanthurus pyroferus (commonly called the chocolate surgeonfish or the mimic lemon peel surgeonfish) in Florida waters. According to the release, the fish was first … 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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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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Florida Looks to Ban Lionfish Imports and Aquaculture

Today the Florida Senate’s Lionfish Bill (SB 1336) was referred to the Environmental Preservation and Conservation, Commerce and Tourism and Agriculture Committees. An identical bill (HB 1069) was also filed in the House but has yet to be referred to … Continue reading

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Large Fish Die-Off Reported in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

There were reports yesterday of a large fish die-off along the west bank of the Indian River Lagoon on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. Observers say the majority (if not all) of the dead fish are silver mullet (Mugil curema) with most less … Continue reading

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