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skinnywater 01-08-2009 10:58 AM

Lionfish sighting in Keys
Found this article in my local paper

First nonnative lionfish found in Florida Keys

<!-- CLOSE: #tool --><!-- CLOSE: #toolbox --><!-- CLOSE: #mi_story_detail_top -->Scientists in the Florida Keys discovered the first nonnative lionfish in the region that is home to the country's only living coral barrier reef.
The veracious eater has been rapidly multiplying in the Caribbean's warm waters. Officials believe the fish, a tropical native of the Indian and Pacific oceans, likely escaped from a Florida fish tank during a 1992 hurricane.
It has since been spotted as far north as Rhode Island, but hadn't been seen in the Keys.

<!-- CLOSE: #story_body_top -->A recreational diver reported seeing the fish off Key Largo. Scientists removed it Wednesday. They fear an invasion could devastate area reefs, as it has no known predators in the area. Officials are relying on divers to report sightings so they can immediately remove the fish.

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BoldWater 01-18-2009 02:26 PM

i recently gave away 2 lionfish that were collected off Port Canaveral, crazy how fast and far they have spread...the Bahamas is loaded.

Capt. Scott Goodwin 08-11-2009 02:22 PM

They are getting thick in the Bahamas. We killed and ate over twenty on a recent trip. The had a one day kill tournament in Green Turtle and had 1500+. They are awesome eating. Very translucent meat similar to hogfish.

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