Florida is known as a tourist-friendly state, but starting Aug. 1, one visitor will no longer be welcome: the invasive lionfish.
Introduced into Florida waters in the late 1980s, lionfish populations have boomed in recent years, negatively impacting native wildlife and habitat.
Go here to learn about the threat that they pose to native fish species.
Several management changes go into effect Aug. 1 that will help the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) combat the growing problem by making it easier for lionfish hunters to remove the spiny predators and limiting further introduction of the species into the waters.
- Prohibiting the importation of live lionfish;
- Allowing lionfish to be removed via spearfishing when diving with a rebreather, a device that recycles air and allows divers to remain in the water for longer periods of time (currently, you cannot spear any fish when using a rebreather); and
- Allowing participants of approved tournaments and other organized events to spear lionfish or other invasive species in areas where spearfishing is not currently allowed (such as certain state parks or refuges). This will be done through a permitting system.
See or catch a lionfish? Report a sighting by downloading the new Report Florida Lionfish app on a smart device or by visiting MyFWC.com/Fishing and clicking on “Recreational Regulations” (under “Saltwater”) and then “Lionfish.”
To learn more about lionfish, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing and click on “Saltwater,” “Recreational Regulations” and “Lionfish.”
PETA and other animal rights organizations that want to stop us from fishing and hunting couldn’t exist if not for financial support provided by the useful idiots who know nothing about nature and are guided purely by emotional appeals.
How stupid are they? Earlier this month, some of these mental giants viciously attacked Steven Spielberg after Jay Branscomb posted a photo with this caption on his Facebook page:
“Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man.”
By the way, triceratops, along with all other dinosaurs, have been extinct for about 65 million years. And Branscomb was having a little fun in the wake of the outrage expressed by these same people after Kendall Jones posted photos of African big game that she had shot.
But the obvious obviously wasn’t so obvious for the true believers. Here are some of the comments:
“Steven Spielberg has absolutely no respect for animals. Posing infront [sic] of this poor dead animal like that. Barbaric.”
“if these animals are so rare they should be moved to a reservation where it’s illegal to kill them.”
“He’s a disgusting inhumane [bleep] Id love to see these hunters be stopped…I think zoos are the best way to keep animals safe…[bleep]holes like this piece of [bleep] are going into these beautiful animals HOME and killing them… its no different than someone coming into your home and murdering you…”
No doubt prompted by this farce, Dan’s Papers recently posted the following:
“East End animal rights activists are up in arms about a plan to cull the dinosaur population around Georgica Pond in East Hampton. The plan under consideration, which has received support and a pledge of private funding from a certain Georgica Pond film director, involves hiring snipers with machine guns to stalk and eliminate the population of triceratops in the Georgica Pond area.
“According to area residents, the dinosaurs, which were cloned and artificially produced from prehistoric DNA and inadvertently released in a well-publicized accident several years back, have been wreaking havoc in the neighborhood: disappearances of cats, dogs, birds and even several homeowners have all been attributed to the roaming prehistoric beasts.
“Animal rights activists, who have started a group called Dinosaurs Are Friendly Too (DAFT), counter that there is no evidence that dinosaurs are to blame. “The triceratops is a beautiful, peace-loving animal that helps reduce the number of dangerous bugs in our neighborhoods,” DAFT spokesperson Reese Kriecher announced at a press conference. “Far from eating our pets, they make great pets themselves.” Authorities plan to announce a decision shortly.”
Certainly, these people are “daft.” But they also are the same folks that PETA is counting on to assist its current campaign to stop sport fishing from piers and beaches. They might be supremely ignorant, but they have money --- and they vote.
No doubt their support was instrumental in passage of the 2001 Sasquatch Protection Ordinance in Washington State's Skamania County.
“What people don't understand is this is something that we only have in America. There is no other country in the world where the ordinary citizen can go out and enjoy hunting and fishing. There's no other nation in the world where that happens. And it's very much a part of our heritage.” Norman Schwarzkopf
“I look at trees, hunt mushrooms, and watch animals. Fishing is what gets me out into the woods so I can notice these things.” --- John D. Voelker
“Give a man a fish, and he'll eat for a day. Give a fish a man, and he'll eat for weeks!” --- Animal Crossing: Wild World (Nintendo video game)
“If people don’t occasionally walk away from you shaking their heads, you’re doing something wrong.” --- John Gierach
“Many of us probably would be better fishermen if we did not spend so much time watching and waiting for the world to become perfect.”--- Norman Maclean