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BREAKING NEWS: New Lionfish Legislature For Florida!

Discussion in 'REEF' started by REEF HQ, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. REEF HQ

    REEF HQ Diving that Counts!


    Last week, representatives from the Florida House and Senate took the first steps in banning the importation or aquaculture of invasive lionfish. Representative Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) and Senator Greg Evers (R- Pensacola) have filed HB 1069 and SB 1336 to address the devastation being caused by lionfish in Florida’s coastal waters. The bills will prohibit importation, aquaculture and sale of illegally imported lionfish and they authorized FWC to adopt a rule to that effect. By stopping importation into Florida, it is anticipated that current demand for lionfish will be supplied by removal of invasive lionfish rather than increased importation from their native range. These bills, developed in close consultation with REEF and the FWC, mark one of the first legislative efforts to combat the invaders and comes on the heels of the first ever FWC Lionfish Summit. Comments and suggestions can be directed to Representative Holly Raschein’s office (phone: 850-717-5120). The bill will be considered by the Legislature during the 2014 session, which runs March 4th-May 2nd. For more information on the bills visitwww.myfloridahouse.gov or www.flsenate.gov.

  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    Huh. Kinda like getting smoke detectors after the family died in a fire. Maybe we can ban the importation of cane toads, big-assed snakes, and kudzu while we're at it.
  3. Mike

    Mike Great White

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Denver, Colorado
    This is a joke right?
    AfterDark likes this.
  4. ReefGuy

    ReefGuy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Punta Gorda, Fl.
    Can we add palmetto bushes to that?
  5. iluvtheocean

    iluvtheocean Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Hollywood, FL
    what is means is that it's a step towards cutting back on new lionfish being imported. and that they've started to realize that the lionfish is hurting florida's saltwater fishing both recreational & commercial.
    As Wookie said though -- these are measures after the damage has been done.
    Kharon likes this.
  6. sri-1

    sri-1 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Our tax dollars hard at work!
  7. Barrod

    Barrod Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States
    Lol - why would anyone import lionfish halfway across the world when there are MORE in local waters.

    At this point if anyone releases a lionfish that was imported its going to make a difference?
    Chugwhump likes this.
  8. 100days-a-year

    100days-a-year Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: NE Florida
    I just saved 15% on my car insurance!!!!

    Too late and pointless,based on the spread I say they are spread in ballast water from tankers/freighters or some other vector.I see them from the Keys to mid NC.In areas where there are entries from the open ocean into ports they are heaviest.I got this epiphany watching them deballast heading into port several times right where the populations were thickest.Off Frying Pan Shoal,Charleston,Brunswick,Jax etc ships pump over ballast to lighten them as they leave the deep water to inshore of the shelf.
    Randy g likes this.
  9. gopbroek

    gopbroek Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lewisville TX
    It appears that like most laws it really is not supposed to achieve anything except another meaningless photo op for the politician’s to get on TV.
    cmulvaney, Randy g and Chugwhump like this.
  10. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    I don't get it. How can a market for Lionfish imported from the South Pacific to Florida exist when the local supply is so abundant?
    Chugwhump likes this.

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