Florida wildlife regulators clamp down on invasive lionfish

To go with Reuters Life! LIONFISH-CARIBBEAN/INVASIONBy Zachary Fagenson MIAMI (Reuters) – Florida wildlife regulators on Wednesday banned lionfish breeding as part of a struggle to control the invasive species that devours other fish and threatens coastal ecosystems. The state prohibited the possession of lionfish eggs and larvae as well, after Florida last month became the first state in United States to outlaw importation of the barbed fish. Bringing lionfish into Florida is now punishable by up to a year in prison and a $1,000 fine. "Every change that encourages removal is a step toward successfully limiting the negative impacts lionfish have on native fish and wildlife," said Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Director Nick Wiley in a statement.

September 10, 2014 11:01 pm

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