Lionfish branded as enemy of the seas

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) board will vote on a series of proposals Wednesday to make it easier to eradicate lionfish from Florida waters.

One proposal would ban the importation of live lionfish, prohibit the sale of illegally imported live lionfish, and prohibit aquaculture of lionfish in Florida.

Lionfish are commonly sold at pet stores and through the aquarium trade.

The state Legislature is also scheduled to vote this month on a piece of legislation supporting the FWC’s position on banning the importation of lionfish.

“The bill is in support of the proposed commission changes and will provide much-needed awareness to the issue, serves as a means for the members of the Legislature to express their support for the components of the bill, encourages public participation in addressing the issue, and demonstrates that FWC and the Legislature stand together in our desire and efforts to deal with this problem,” FWC spokeswoman Amanda Nalley said.

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