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    Re: Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    I will +1 Barney and Sly-vester as well.

    I don't think rebreathers are going to significantly increase the pressure on the resources. When someone wants to go spearfishing they are going to use the tools necessary to get the job done. If I can't go on my rebreather, then I will go OC. The only real way to change the pressure is to change the limits/seasons/species regulations.
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    Re: Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    Why is it that no matter what the sphere of activity - I always find something to make me ashamed a my species. Killing our fellow creatures for fun - sport! Hardly we trip over them when we dive reefs and they don't swim away.

    We should allow you to hunt each other - evenly match man to man - guess it would soon lose its appeal

    Do something great with the only shot at life you have - stop the japs slaughtering whales or something you could look back on in your dotage and feel a sense of pride not shame

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    Re: Re: Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by Barnsleyman  View Original Post
    Why is it that no matter what the sphere of activity - I always find something to make me ashamed a my species. Killing our fellow creatures for fun - sport! Hardly we trip over them when we dive reefs and they don't swim away.

    We should allow you to hunt each other - evenly match man to man - guess it would soon lose its appeal

    Do something great with the only shot at life you have - stop the japs slaughtering whales or something you could look back on in your dotage and feel a sense of pride not shame
    Killing an invasive species is an honest man's work

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    Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by Barnsleyman  View Original Post
    Why is it that no matter what the sphere of activity - I always find something to make me ashamed a my species. Killing our fellow creatures for fun - sport! Hardly we trip over them when we dive reefs and they don't swim away.



    We should allow you to hunt each other - evenly match man to man - guess it would soon lose its appeal



    Do something great with the only shot at life you have - stop the japs slaughtering whales or something you could look back on in your dotage and feel a sense of pride not shame

    I hardly consider a lion fish a "fellow" creature.



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    Re: Re: Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    Quote Originally Posted by Barnsleyman  View Original Post
    Why is it that no matter what the sphere of activity - I always find something to make me ashamed a my species. Killing our fellow creatures for fun - sport! Hardly we trip over them when we dive reefs and they don't swim away.

    We should allow you to hunt each other - evenly match man to man - guess it would soon lose its appeal

    Do something great with the only shot at life you have - stop the japs slaughtering whales or something you could look back on in your dotage and feel a sense of pride not shame
    I've been a little concerned about the hype surrounding the lionfish scare, and that it might be akin to the Ebola scare in reality - that is; overblown. a quick Google search revealed a lot of information about the so called invasion. lionfish are in fact an invasive species, on that I think we can all agree. But to what extent are they a threat? I found a one page fact sheet issued jointly by NOAA, REEF.org, Simon Fraser University, and the USGS. I won't go into detail here, you can find it yourself and read it. What it does show is that the invasion is real and dangerous. Lionfish were accidentally introduced into US waters off of NC by the aquarium trade in the 80's and they spread south and into the Caribbean quickly. They are voracious predators that can quickly decimate native fish populations including grunts, groupers, and snappers. In dense lionfish populations, they have the capability of consuming up to 460,000 fish per acre per year.
    And they are prolific and fast breeders. Read the fact sheet for more alarming particulars.

    This is no media invented Ebola scare, this is real and going on right now. Personally I have adopted a kill on sight policy for them and encourage others to as well. I'll go so far as to say that not killing them is reckless and shows a total disregard for environmental harmony.

    Plus, they taste damn good!

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    Re: Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    They are everywhere in the Caribbean now. Within 2-3 years of showing up the population of them has exploded. Between me and two other divers we have killed a small cooler full in a single dive.

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    Re: Lionfish hunting on a rebreather in Florida

    FWIW:

    A document was prepared for inform the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Commissioners of the various issues related to rebreathers and their use for consumptive purposes. After reviewing this document and being briefed on the issue, the Commissioners who originally requested staff to investigate the topic decided they had enough information and did not need to receive a formal presentation on the topic at the upcoming Commission meeting. They also decided that they were not interested in pursuing any changes to the rebreather rule at this time. Thus, staff will not make a presentation on the use of rebreathers at the November Commission meeting, and the issue is not anticipated to be brought before the Commission in the foreseeable future.

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