VIDEO: “PBS NewsHour” Covers Florida’s Lionfish Problem

30 Aug, 2016

A large lionfish on display at a recent Lionfish Derby in Florida - image from PBS NEWSHOUR footage below.

A large lionfish on display at a recent Lionfish Derby in Florida – image from PBS NewsHour footage below.

PBS NewsHour released a great segment on the Eastern Atlantic’s problem with invasive Lionfish. If this problem somehow escaped your notice prior to today, the footage is absolutely must-watch TV, and serves as yet another great reminder why it is never OK to release aquarium fishes into the wild. The problem caused by the Lionfish introduction some years ago is here to stay for the foreseeable future.

“Lionfish are simply too widespread, too deep, too inaccessible in some areas for us with our current tools and technologies, to remove every last one. So what we’re left with is something akin to weeding the garden,” says Lad Adkins of REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation). “Eradication is not on the table.”

However, invasive Florida Lionfish most certainly is on the table, as shown in the PBS segment. Anyone getting hungry?

Dive in to the PBS Segment Now:


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CORAL Magazine routinely covers Florida’s invasive Lionfish in online stories. We published extensive coverage of Florida’s invasive Lionfish problem as a feature topic in our print magazine:

  • Read in-depth coverage of Florida’s invasive Lionfish in our July/August 2014 issue of CORAL Magazine, BANNED.  Stories include Lion tales – An aquarist’s guide to the genus Pterois and its kin by Scott W. Michael; Banned! New rules for Florida as it fights back against the worst marine invasion in state historyOrigins of a biological calamityBad news moves upstream, and Eat Your Enemy, all by Ret Talbot; and Tracking an unprecedented invasion by Amy Benson. Click the cover below to order this issue.
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