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Scientists have learned that recent fears of invasive lionfish causing fish poisoning may be unfounded. If so, current efforts to control lionfish by fishing derbies and targeted fisheries may remain the best way to control the invasion.
Scientists are reporting development of a fast, reliable new test that could help people avoid a terrible type of food poisoning that comes from eating fish tainted with a difficult-to-detect toxin from marine algae growing in warm waters.
Same toxin known to affect humans now identified for the first time in a marine mammal species.
Ciguatera poisoning, the food-borne disease that can come from eating large, carnivorous reef fish, causes vomiting, headaches, and a burning sensation upon contact with cold surfaces.
Since November there have been 28 reported cases countrywide of ciguatera fish poisoning according to the FDA. The consumers who reported the illness all ate fish harvested in the northern Gulf of Mexico near the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. The affected area covers 56 square miles of the northwestern part of the Gulf.
The Greasy Grouper (Epinephelus tauvina), also known as the Arabian Grouper, is widely distributed from the Red Sea to South Africa, as far north as Japan, and in the waters around Australia. It is found in clear water areas associated with coral reefs from coast to 1000 feet deep, where it feeds on smaller fish. The Greasy grouper grows up to 30 inches in length. Its head and body are pale greenish gray or brown with round spots, varying from orange-red to dark brown. A group of black...
- Growing in low tufty patches.