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'Lionfish Control Month' to kick off with Twitter chat, photo contest

News Release

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Media contact: Amanda Nalley, 850-410-4943

The lionfish have invaded, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) wants the public to join its Lionfish Control Team for the month of April.

This nonnative, invasive species has infiltrated state waters and has great potential to negatively impact Florida’s reefs and wildlife. These fish not only prey on native species, they also compete for food with economically important species such as grouper and snapper, and they can disrupt the balance of native populations, ultimately causing a cascade effect that can alter habitats.

Have you caught a lionfish? Photographed one? Want to know more about the lionfish problem? Join the FWC’s live Twitter chat from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28. To participate, sign in to Twitter and follow @MyFWClife or #FWCLionfish. The chat will feature experts, including FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management biological scientist Mason Smith and public information specialist Amanda Nalley.

During the chat, the FWC will unveil its “Lionfish Control Team” photo contest. Tune in Thursday to find what your reward will be for submitting a photo.

Learn more about lionfish at MyFWC.com/Nonnatives; click on “Marine Life.”



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