Written by Jen Finn
Spear-wielding scuba divers are not the only ones waging war against invasive lionfish.
Tallahassee lawmakers are now taking on the flowing-finned menace native to the Indian and Pacific oceans that has a reputation for reproducing at an alarming rate in its non-native waters and decimating reef fish populations with is voracious appetite.
Two bills filed—one in the House and a companion bill in the Senate—if passed by the end of legislative session on May 2, would put an end to the public's ability to buy lionfish for the centerpieces of their aquariums. Raising them for sale would become a level two felony.
"What the bill is going to do is prohibit the importation and sale of them," said Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, who introduced the Senate version of the bill. "All of the details of the bill have not been decided. I'm saying let's get rid of them. Put an end to lionfish in aquariums."
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The following was released by the Maine Department of Marine Resources on Jan. 22:
The Maine Department of Marine Resources announced an emergency regulation that will support the continued rebuilding effort in Maine’s scallop fishery. The rule, effective January 23, 2016, will close the Muscle Ridge Area near South Thomaston and the Western Penobscot Bay Area.Read more...
Louisiana’s Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, which governs commercial and recreational fishing in the state, got a new boss in January. Charlie Melancon, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives and state legislator, was appointed to the job by the state’s new governor, John Bel Edwards.
Although much of his non-political work in the past has centered on the state’s sugar cane industry, Melancon said he is confident that other experience, including working closely with fishermen when in Congress, has prepared him well for this new challenge.Read more...