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2011-07-11 09:15:00

America get ready: a new delicacy may be coming to a table near you. That's right, environmentalists, consumer groups and scientists are seriously working up new solutions to control the ever rising populations of invasive aquatic species in America, and want people to step up their eating game and devour away the infestation.Among the top offenders is the lionfish. With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and venomous black spikes, it seems like it wouldn't make a nice meal choice....

2011-01-25 10:11:00

DALLAS, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight's "Dan Rather Reports" presents an investigation into the invasion of lionfish in the Western Atlantic and Caribbean waters and how this spiny fish with a voracious appetite could spell disaster not only for delicate ocean eco-systems but also for the commercial fishing industry. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080324/HDNETLOGO) With their vibrant zebra stripes and needle sharp spines filled with venom, lionfish, look like...

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2010-12-30 12:10:00

Florida marine conservationists have come to the conclusion that the best way to put an end to the lionfish invasion in the state's waters is to eat them, according to a recent Reuters report. The REEF conservation organization released "The Lionfish Cookbook," which is a collection of 45 recipes, in order to counter an invasion of the fish in Florida waters. "It's absolutely good eating -- a delicacy. It's delicately flavored white meat, very buttery," Lad Akins, director of special...

2010-09-20 18:05:00

GULF SHORES, Ala., Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Don Childress proudly announces the launch of The Childress Foundation and Research Group, Inc. (an applied for 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) to immediately and effectively take action to mitigate the lionfish invasion along the warmer regions of the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts. Based in Gulf Shores, Alabama, The Childress Foundation and Research Group's mission is to promote and protect our marine environment by building awareness and...

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2010-08-08 21:28:19

Divers identified and killed a 15 cm long lionfish in Fish Bay along the southern coast of St. John, making this the fourth such capture and kill of the invasive fish in the Virgin Islands National Park.The lionfish was first spotted July 15, 2010 and captured the following day within 10 meters of the original sighting. A team of divers and scientists from NOAA's National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science and the National Park Service were in the area collecting data aimed at evaluating the...

2009-06-24 09:26:17

Marine biologists in Florida say they have official confirmation the venomous lionfish has spread down the Atlantic Coast to Miami. Divers from Biscayne National Park captured the invader from the Pacific in the bow of a freighter 60 feet below the surface after a sport diver reported sighting a zebra-striped fish, the Miami Herald reported Wednesday. Terry Helmers, a park diver, said it took two dives to find the fish in the scattered debris. We probably all swam past it a couple of times,...

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2009-05-06 08:15:00

Overfishing deemed most likely cause Sharks, barracuda and other large predatory fishes disappear on Caribbean coral reefs as human populations rise, endangering the region's marine food web and ultimately its reefs and fisheries, according to a sweeping study by researcher Chris Stallings of The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. While other scientists working in the Caribbean have observed the declines of large predators for decades, the comprehensive work by Stallings...

2009-05-05 19:28:44

The disappearance of sharks, barracuda and other large predators from Caribbean reefs is related to the growing human population, a Florida researcher says. Chris Stallings, a post-doctoral researcher at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory, compared populations of 20 predatory species of fish on the reefs of 22 Caribbean countries. His results were to be published Wednesday in the journal PLoS One. I found that nations with more people have reefs with far fewer large...

2008-09-25 00:00:18

U.S. scientists are looking at ways to control lionfish that are making themselves at home along the South Atlantic seaboard. The Pacific Ocean native is considered the perfect predator in the Atlantic Ocean because it has no known enemies and a voracious appetite, the Palm Beach (Fla.) Post reported Wednesday. Scientists said a reappearance of the fish off West Palm Beach has ignited fears of a full-scale invasion that could decimate populations of smaller fish. Lisa Mitchell of the Reef...


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