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Old 12-11-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Florida and lionfish

what's going on in Florida reefs ? I hear lionfish are destroying the reefs but I dont understand why or how. can someone please explain.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:36 AM   #2
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Lions are invasive and thought to be introduced from a hurricane a while ago from hobbyists and the aquarium I believe.

It's thought it was a few and now it's a A LOT(don't know real estimation). They originated from the indo-pacific and have no predators and nothing has evolved defense mechanisms because they didn't evolve there with the natural life.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:39 AM   #3
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Lions are invasive and thought to be introduced from a hurricane a while ago from hobbyists and the aquarium I believe.

It's thought it was a few and now it's a A LOT(don't know real estimation). They originated from the indo-pacific and have no predators and nothing has evolved defense mechanisms because they didn't evolve there with the natural life.
I've watched a documentary on this and the divers said the reefs used to be "flooded" with fish and it's visibly less to the naked eye now compared to what it once was
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Old 12-11-2012, 03:59 AM   #4
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People in Florida had aquariums out on theirs deck and when a hurricane came threw they didn't bring them inside and I read that three escaped and stayed around the area for awhile then when they out grow their living environment thy let them loose in the ocean
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Old 12-11-2012, 04:45 AM   #5
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In west palm they are actually training groupers and Goliath groupers to eat them it's slowly working. Officials tell people If you see a lion fish kill on site and they pay for whatever gets brought in. Lol
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:36 AM   #6
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They are actually holding lion fish tournements locally in the area I live. Last time I went flounder gigging, we stabbed 2 lions. We are seeing them in the Indian River Lagoon, which isn't a reef and they are gobbling up all the juvenile fish in our estuaries. If not controlled they are going to wipe us out of our native fish like snook, spotted sea trout and many more fish. I heard they are good to eat also, just a PIA to fillet.
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+1 they are invading all the inter-coastal waters pretty much eating everything they come across and multiplying like rabbits.
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The lionfish in Florida is a great example of why animals should never be released into any habitat but their natural one. Sometimes this is accidental, but just as often it's intentional. Like the cane toad in Australia.
Anywho, as stated already, they're breeding like rabbits in the absence of natural predators, and consuming everything they can fit in their capacious maws. Reefs are just as dependent on fish as fish are on the reef. Remove all the native fish, and the reef will die.
Even large fish are at risk from the lions because the young are bite sized.
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Same with Georgia as well
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The lionfish in Florida is a great example of why animals should never be released into any habitat but their natural one. Sometimes this is accidental, but just as often it's intentional. Like the cane toad in Australia.
Anywho, as stated already, they're breeding like rabbits in the absence of natural predators, and consuming everything they can fit in their capacious maws. Reefs are just as dependent on fish as fish are on the reef. Remove all the native fish, and the reef will die.
Even large fish are at risk from the lions because the young are bite sized.
And because larger fish are getting out competed for food. Lionfish eat non stop
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