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2012-08-20 11:37:11 AM
Lionfish are an invasive species that eat large amounts of native species and quickly dominate a reef.

i522.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-20 11:45:04 AM
JESUS CHRIST IT'S A LIONFISH! GET IN THE BOAT!
 
2012-08-20 12:17:12 PM
I have read that they are good eating. Which means it will cost about as much as lobster as soon as the word gets out.
 
2012-08-20 02:08:00 PM
They named a fish after OJ?
 
2012-08-20 02:08:53 PM
gothamist.com
 
2012-08-20 02:09:11 PM
This is a very good thing. I'm from Key West and these darn things are eating all the native species. Just waiting to see them on more tables.
 
2012-08-20 02:12:18 PM
I believe Frank Drebin proved that these fish can be killed with rare samurai pens.

Unfortunately the pens are impervious to everything except water.
 
2012-08-20 02:12:56 PM
Is this the reason the fish police acquired hollowpoint ammunition?
 
2012-08-20 02:13:51 PM

oldernell: I have read that they are good eating. Which means it will cost about as much as lobster as soon as the word gets out.


That hasn't rid maryland of snakeheads. But I wish you guys luck.
 
2012-08-20 02:14:23 PM
God damn invasives. I'm pretty sure we've got a snakehead in the pond at my apartment complex. I've been trying to snap a photo of it but no luck yet.
 
2012-08-20 02:17:12 PM

Lone Stranger: [gothamist.com image 640x479]


im so confused
 
2012-08-20 02:18:54 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: God damn invasives. I'm pretty sure we've got a snakehead in the pond at my apartment complex. I've been trying to snap a photo of it but no luck yet.


Hell with that. Get some fishing gear and get out there. I'm told they're delicious with lemon pepper.
 
2012-08-20 02:19:23 PM
www.odedfehr.de

Spicy!
 
2012-08-20 02:24:52 PM
It's going to be tough to pin these fish down. You can't trust a word they say.
 
2012-08-20 02:25:22 PM
Sooner or later a predator will emerge. Case in point: stinkbugs. They disappeared almost entirely from my area a few weeks ago. I suppose something must be eating them...or they are regrouping for a new offensive.
 
2012-08-20 02:25:55 PM
I don't normally condone targeting of species, but this is a clear case where it's necessary. Those things eat WAY too much, and they can live through anything. Not to mention it really sucks getting stung by one.

In my previous life working in a saltwater fish store, I was trying to catch a fish for a customer. I had forgotten about the 2" long lion fish in the tank. It was hiding behind a chunk of coral. It nailed me the my middle finger.

I went into a panic and went to call the boss. In the meantime, my entire hand swelled up like a balloon! I was like, "SHIAT!! THAT HURT!!" Then I was wondering if I had to go to the ER.
As it turns out, running very hot water over the wound was enough to get the poison out.

There's your education for the day. So, if you happen to get stung by a lion fish, you'll know what to do.

You welcome.
 
2012-08-20 02:35:06 PM
Kill them, kill them all on sight and that from a panty waisted woosie liberal envirowacko wannabe.

i1079.photobucket.com

A good Lionfish.

Note they are very tastey, a very light white fish. 

Lionfish Spread

It may be a lost battle.
 
2012-08-20 02:35:45 PM

Mog32Kupo: Lone Stranger: [gothamist.com image 640x479]

im so confused


I was confused until I googled "sea kitten"

It's a PETA thing.

I should have some fish&chips today in honor of the sea kittens.
 
2012-08-20 02:37:29 PM
Snoop changed his name AGAIN?!
 
2012-08-20 02:37:34 PM
Let's point the finger at the one thing that has caused the spread of invasives like lionfish and pythons in the everglades: These stupid licensing laws. Humans are great at causing a species to go extinct. When Pythagator (look it up) popped up in the news, me and a dozen friends woulda spent the weekend shooting pythons out in the everglades. But we couldn't - because of these assinine licensing requirements. Same thing with the lionfish. Once they become normal, instead of a brand new invader, people won't be motivated to go after them. We coulda fished those things out of existence, but when the state puts all these hurdles in the way, fark it, let it go.
 
2012-08-20 02:38:02 PM
I dare say that the Florida outguns the Lionfish by several orders of magnitude.

USS Florida:
upload.wikimedia.org

ex-USS Lionfish:
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-08-20 02:46:38 PM

Saborlas: Snoop changed his name AGAIN?!


No, but Kanye did
 
2012-08-20 03:02:22 PM
I have scuba dived since 2005. At that time I never saw a Lionfish. On a recent trip to Roatan they told me that they spotted their first one a couple of years ago, and now we saw them everywhere. A researcher there told me they have been spotted as deep as 800 feet, so hunting them in not likely to wipe them out. Apparently they have no natural predators in the Caribbean. The divemaster was trying to teach the local eels to eat them (spear one and feed it to an eel he knew lived nearby). It is very discouraging to see a species this destructive thriving to this extent.
 
2012-08-20 03:04:17 PM
i420.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-20 03:16:25 PM

rugmannm: I have scuba dived since 2005. At that time I never saw a Lionfish. On a recent trip to Roatan they told me that they spotted their first one a couple of years ago, and now we saw them everywhere. A researcher there told me they have been spotted as deep as 800 feet, so hunting them in not likely to wipe them out. Apparently they have no natural predators in the Caribbean. The divemaster was trying to teach the local eels to eat them (spear one and feed it to an eel he knew lived nearby). It is very discouraging to see a species this destructive thriving to this extent.


Dynamite the reef, that'll get 'em.
 
2012-08-20 03:23:15 PM

rugmannm: I have scuba dived since 2005. At that time I never saw a Lionfish. On a recent trip to Roatan they told me that they spotted their first one a couple of years ago, and now we saw them everywhere. A researcher there told me they have been spotted as deep as 800 feet, so hunting them in not likely to wipe them out. Apparently they have no natural predators in the Caribbean. The divemaster was trying to teach the local eels to eat them (spear one and feed it to an eel he knew lived nearby). It is very discouraging to see a species this destructive thriving to this extent.


There's some talk that the jewfish might be in the process of developing a taste for them. Unless something like that happens, there's not much we can do but watch.
 
2012-08-20 03:23:43 PM
Put a bounty on them. Use the power of the market to wipe out the species locally.

A pet lionfish goes for something like $30 retail at Petco. Set the bounty at $5 per fish, and bingo. Since lionfish are so distinctive, it's not likely that people hunting them are going to mistake them for any native species, and you'll have thousands of teens and out of work people able to make some money doing this.
 
2012-08-20 03:26:00 PM

Cataholic: There's some talk that the jewfish might be in the process of developing a taste for them. Unless something like that happens, there's not much we can do but watch.


upload.wikimedia.org

Really? You don't look jewfish.
 
2012-08-20 03:47:06 PM

bubo_sibiricus: Mog32Kupo: Lone Stranger: [gothamist.com image 640x479]

im so confused
I was confused until I googled "sea kitten"
It's a PETA thing.
I should have some fish&chips today in honor of the sea kittens.


WTF Idonteven.

i555.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-20 03:52:03 PM
The only real shame about this is that they really are strikingly beautiful fish.

I wonder is that makes them any tastier...
 
2012-08-20 03:53:21 PM

dittybopper: Cataholic: There's some talk that the jewfish might be in the process of developing a taste for them. Unless something like that happens, there's not much we can do but watch.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x440]

Really? You don't look jewfish.


ok... why is it called a jewfish?. What would a muslimfish look like? where would it live? a christianfish? how about an atheistfish?
 
2012-08-20 04:03:29 PM

Kraftwerk Orange: bubo_sibiricus: Mog32Kupo: Lone Stranger: [gothamist.com image 640x479]

im so confused
I was confused until I googled "sea kitten"
It's a PETA thing.
I should have some fish&chips today in honor of the sea kittens.

WTF Idonteven.

[i555.photobucket.com image 690x423]


I think someone took the bad acid at PETA.
 
2012-08-20 04:16:01 PM
 
2012-08-20 04:17:25 PM

dittybopper: Cataholic: There's some talk that the jewfish might be in the process of developing a taste for them. Unless something like that happens, there's not much we can do but watch.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 640x440]

Really? You don't look jewfish.



Grouper!

/I barely know her
 
2012-08-20 04:44:08 PM
The best way to wipe out a species is to tell people it tastes good.

I've eaten these fish quite a few times and they are definitely worth the minimal effort it takes to catch one.
 
2012-08-20 05:37:23 PM
A bunch of good Lionfish. 

Half-Way down the thread

One of seven wheelbarrow loads all taken off West Palm Beach Fl.
 
2012-08-20 05:42:58 PM

Deveyn: The best way to wipe out a species is to tell people it tastes good.

I've eaten these fish quite a few times and they are definitely worth the minimal effort it takes to catch one.


No no, tell asians it is medicinal and cures ED.
 
2012-08-20 05:56:00 PM
If we, the good people of the USA, cannot drive a species to the verge of extinction, then we have failed our heritage. Remember the buffalo? Now go out there and do what we do best.
 
2012-08-20 06:10:36 PM
CSB time!

My friend was cleaning his tank and he accidentally brushed his forearm against the lionfish's spines. His arm swelled up and looked like a summer sausage!

Or like a waterballoon connected to a tea kettle! Wooohoooo
 
2012-08-20 07:37:20 PM

halB: Let's point the finger at the one thing that has caused the spread of invasives like lionfish and pythons in the everglades: These stupid licensing laws. Humans are great at causing a species to go extinct. When Pythagator (look it up) popped up in the news, me and a dozen friends woulda spent the weekend shooting pythons out in the everglades. But we couldn't - because of these assinine licensing requirements. Same thing with the lionfish. Once they become normal, instead of a brand new invader, people won't be motivated to go after them. We coulda fished those things out of existence, but when the state puts all these hurdles in the way, fark it, let it go.


No, actually, looking up that made up word was not helpful, not even on UD. I found this cute little gem though:

i138.photobucket.com
 
2012-08-21 12:04:56 AM
I would be afraid to prepare one and jab myself on one of those toxic fins.
 
2012-08-21 09:15:10 AM

Mixolydian Master: I would be afraid to prepare one and jab myself on one of those toxic fins.


A friend of mine has the same fear. So much so that he lays a pastry scraper over the spines when he starts to filet them. It makes sense because you never know when a freshly caught fish is in fact completely lifeless or or just not moving.
 
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