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Florida to Ban All Pterois Lionfish Imports Beginning August 1st

e18aFuzzy Dwarf Lionfish Florida to Ban All Pterois Lionfish Imports Beginning August 1st
We keep harping on the lionfish invasion of the Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean, and pretty much all waters surrounding Florida because it is a serious, ongoing issue with seemingly no end in sight. Despite the best efforts of scientists to understand the issue, legislators to fix the problem, and recreational fishermen to eradicate the invaders, the problem persists to the point where different and often drastic measures have to be given a good look. The latest attempt to help tackle the invasion is the straight up ban on the import of all lionfish from the Pterois genus into Florida. But is it the right move? As spelled out in one of Ret Talbot’s latest contributions to the Reef2Rainforest blog, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commissioners unanimously approved the prohibition of the “importation of live lionfish from the genus Pterois“, approved divers to use rebreather equipment to harvest lionfish, and will allow the Executive Director to issue permits to spearfisherman to remove lionfish and other non-native species from areas where the activity was previously prohibited. Ret goes on to point out that lionfish from the genus Dendrochirus are not considered in this ban despite there being significant genetic similarities between them and members of the Pterois genus. This new set of rules goes into effect on August 1st, and as usual, there are good arguments from both sides of the aisle. One of the key incentives intended by this ban is that marine aquarium importers who still rely on lionfish as part of their product offering will start collecting fish out of Florida waters to fill their demand. This approach, coupled with aggressive erradication efforts from other industries, is hoped to be able to keep the lionfish under better control, though nobody knows what real impact will be had. MORE: Florida to Ban All Pterois Lionfish Imports Beginning August 1st

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Night-diving with Ikelite/GoPro Video Camera

d5a3Nightdive Ikelite 1 650 457x305 Night diving with Ikelite/GoPro Video CameraGood afternoon from sunny, windy, dry Curacao!! Last night I had a fantastic evening of underwater adventure with my two friends Tessa (above) and by new diving buddy Gitland. I had already spent hours of getting ready for this dive during the day by setting up two full DSLR Ikelite housings, one with a D-200 and the other a D-800. Tessa was the lucky recipient of getting to use the new state of the art Ikelite/GoPro video camera with the duel VEGA Video lights, talk about a sweet looking underwater outfit! http://www.ikelite.com/lighting/2107.2-vega-dual-kit-gopro-flex.html Like three navy seals on a mission we entered the sea in all it’s darkness at around 8:00 and took off straight down to around 75 feet! We instantly discovered a pretty big Caribbean octopus out hunting on the sand and proceeded to pull up along side for a few photos and a little video. MORE

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Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: Strike A Pose And See Your Progress

Changes in your saltwater tank aren’t always easily noticeable. Here’s one way to make sure you don’t miss a thing  MORE: Mr. Saltwater Tank TV Friday AM Quick Tip: Strike A Pose And See Your Progress

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National Zoo Closing Invertebrate Exhibit This Sunday

invertebrete National Zoo Closing Invertebrate Exhibit This SundayHaving visited the National Zoo myself multiple times, the recent news that the Invertebrate exhibit is closing as quickly as this Sunday comes as a shock. The zoo’s reason for closing the exhibit is rising costs, funding and budget issues, which will allow staff and resources to be spent on other exhibits. This is extremely sad. Since the press release, there has been public outcry, including a petition to save the exhibit. The National Zoo released the following Press Release: MORE

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Apex Fusion Bus Tour

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If you thought summertime is generally slow at the LFS, think again!  The expert marketing team at Neptune Systems decided to take their show on the road and bring their unified controller/monitor/automation solution to major cities in the US.  They’ll be liveblogging from the road all summer as they make their way cross country in this tricked out vehicle.  Check out the blog for the full schedule to see when they’ll be at your local shops and be sure to drop in and see everything first hand.

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Update On Katherine And Betsy

 Through Osearch, I have been following these two Great White Sharks since last year. Osearch tagged over a dozen sharks last year, as part of a research project to learn Great White migratory patterns. The website allows you to see where the Sharks are in real time. MORE

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Book Review! Dr. Ellen Prager’s “Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime”

seaslime excerpt  Book Review! Dr. Ellen Pragers Sex, Drugs, and Sea Slime

Oh yea, it’s just as sexy as it sounds.

So I’ve had this book for a while but never got around to reading it. I picked it up when our local Border’s was going out of business (sniff, rest in peace physical bookstores where you could waste away a day) and they were pretty much giving books away. It jumped out at me right away, “Sex, Drugs”, and Sea Slime”, plus the added bonus of the octopus on the cover, it was a done deal. I skimmed the first few pages and put it back down. This was a book that deserved to be read properly. Over the weekend I finally decided to explore the Slimy Seas the best way possible – on the beach with a stiff drink, inches from the Blue Beast itself.

This book was definitely worth the wait – MORE

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