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Lionfish Derby News & Notes

Upcoming Derbies:

3rd Annual Palm Beach County Lionfish Derby - Aug 16th-17th, 2013, Sailfish Marina, Palm Beach Shores, FL

Latest Derby Results:

5th Annual Lionfish Derby—Green Turtle Cay, Abacos, June 21-22, 2013, Green Turtle Club, Abacos, Bahamas

Lionfish Facts

Today, millions of lionfish are thriving in the Atlantic, with high concentrations in the Bahamas and the Caribbean. Since there is no natural predator, lionfish are reproducing explosively. Scientists believe they lay 30,000 eggs every 7 days!

More importantly, lionfish are voracious predators of important juvenile fish and crustaceans native to the Caribbean, such as grouper, snapper, grunts, and crabs. Dissections of lionfish captured by divers have shown up to 18 different juvenile fish in a single lionfish’s stomach.

Lionfish have venomous spines and their exotic , unfamiliar, appearance may fool small fish into swimming too close. They swallow their prey whole. While their spines contain a painful venom, the flesh is delicious-white, mild and perfectly safe to eat.

Video: "Lionfish Population Has Scientists Worried"

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