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Old 02-26-2014, 08:19 AM   #1
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We shot 96 lionfish out in the Timber Holes region on Tuesday 2/25. We hit three spots and did not get 100% of them on any of the spots due to the depth (115').
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Old 02-26-2014, 08:24 AM   #2
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Wow Whackum! Seeing this catch makes you realize why it is a very bad idea to introduce an exotic species to the wild. They have to be outcompeting some of the local fish stocks and likely other species.
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Wow Whackum! Seeing this catch makes you realize why it is a very bad idea to introduce an exotic species to the wild. They have to be outcompeting some of the local fish stocks and likely other species.
On many artificial reefs lionfish are the most abundant species we see as we swim up to the spot.

The good news is that once the lionfish are removed from a site, it seems to take a while for the site to become reinfested.
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How many times have you guys poked yourselves? That is so much good meat but i would think cleaning has to be a surgical feat. Thanks for doing what you are doing though. Keep it up!
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How far do they venture off the reef? Reinfestation rate is likely dependent population in surrounding structure. Would be helpful to know how they find reefs and what determines whether they stick or move on.
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My only thing is how long will divers be interested in targeting these things? How can we promote this "sport" to keep it going?
Thanks for sharing the results of your trip. Keep up the good work!
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How many times have you guys poked yourselves? That is so much good meat but i would think cleaning has to be a surgical feat. Thanks for doing what you are doing though. Keep it up!
I have never been stung cleaning lionfish and I clean them with bare hands. I have been stung 11 times while diving (so far).
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How far do they venture off the reef? Reinfestation rate is likely dependent population in surrounding structure. Would be helpful to know how they find reefs and what determines whether they stick or move on.
We hope to organize local research projects to answer some of these questions. Some of the research out there is either wrong or does not apply to lionfish in our area for some reason.
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Whackum.....we need a few more good MEN like you.....thanks for your efforts
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The amount of these things that you guys are bringing in from each trip is alarming. I hope people are beginning to realize what a problem this is. Have anyone in the Panhandle area started an organization that accept donations to go towards funding trips to clean reefs?
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