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This video might seem like a huge haul, but lion fish are an invasive population that are harming the waters of the Gulf. In response to the Lionfish population growth which has exploded since 2010, the Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition has formed in hopes of lowering the population of these invasive fish. Why is it so hard to lower this population number? Because they are eating other fish that are huge sources of food for the area, and people aren't really accustomed to eating lionfish, so the population has nothing keeping it in check. Learn some facts about why lionfish are being hunted like in the video above, and, if you're in the area, do your part to get the lionfish off the reefs! --------------------------------------------------------- Lionfish Facts! - Lionfish are not native to the Gulf of Mexico. They originate from the Indo-Pacific, and it is believed that they spread into the Gulf after they were released by aquarium owners in South Florida. - The Lionfish (Pterois sp.) is a non-native, invasive species originally from the Pacific. - Lionfish possess 13 dorsal, 2 pelvic, and 3 anal spines that are venomous and can cause a very painful stick if not handled carefully. - Lionfish have no natural predators in the gulf. - Lionfish are very difficult to catch using traditional hook & line fishing methods. - Lionfish stomachs can expand over 30 times in volume after consuming a large meal. - Lionfish are capable of releasing 30,000 eggs per week.
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@JustinRussell That sounds awesome. I have been snorkeling before but like you said I can't imagine it with a scuba tank!!! First off I can't imagine scuba diving, but then to add in spearfishing? That's insane.
3 years ago·Reply
@JustinRussell @dougjohnson @KawikaAfelin And it really helps the environment! It's a big problem for sure. Hopefully it can be kept in check. Invasive species are a big, big problem.
3 years ago·Reply
why not capture and release back into their natural habitat...why the brutal killings?
3 years ago·Reply
@MeggieB I think it has something to do with the fact that their natural habitat is hundrads of miles away, and there isn't any kind of system in place to handle that right now. Ideally, I think that would be the solution, but their natural habitat is pacific waters, and their in the gulf....
3 years ago·Reply
@MeggieB To be honest, I'm not sure of why that wasn't considered. I'm new to this issue, but I know that sometimes, this is just how it is....thankfully it seems like the people who are really pushing the movement to end this invasion are trying to encourage it through showing people they can fish them and eat them, just as some people do other fish. As far as it being brutal, I don't know the specifics of spear fishing, or how it is supposed to be done most ethically.
3 years ago·Reply