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The Invasive Lionfish!!!

 
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Oct 07, 2009 21:42 |  #1

Here is a freshly collected lionfish. We collected it from Ponquogue Bridge, Hampton Bays, NY. It is about 2 cm in length. Lionfish are native to the Pacific, but have now established themselves in the Atlantic. We have been heavily involved in studying their spread. For more info, check this link. It is written by a co-worker of mine (http://www.advancedaqu​arist.com/2006/6/aafea​ture/view (external link)#)

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Oct 07, 2009 21:51 |  #2

Great picture.


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Oct 07, 2009 22:48 |  #3

Well done! Great colors!


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Oct 09, 2009 17:59 |  #4

BlackSunshine wrote in post #8781803 (external link)
Great picture.

Trique Daddi wrote in post #8782148 (external link)
Well done! Great colors!

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Oct 09, 2009 18:15 |  #5

Great photo! I had no idea they had come to the Atlantic!


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Oct 10, 2009 09:41 |  #6

That's an amazing fish. I'd love to see that in my aquarium.


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Oct 11, 2009 17:23 |  #7

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #8792934 (external link)
Great photo! I had no idea they had come to the Atlantic!

Thanks. Some places they are out of hand and destroying local ecosystems.

SJC from VT wrote in post #8795740 (external link)
That's an amazing fish. I'd love to see that in my aquarium.

They are pretty cool fish. They look different as adults, this one is only about 2 cm. They "grow" into their fins as they get larger.

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Oct 11, 2009 17:27 |  #8

Nice catch -- we have had several sightings off the NC the last few years :-(




  
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Oct 17, 2009 13:25 as a reply to  @ monty28428's post |  #9

Wow , I had no idea they could survive the cold waters off NY and being that big, he must have just been hatched? I know what damage they are doing off Bermuda and the Bahamass but Hampton Bays WOW. Great photo btw

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Oct 17, 2009 19:15 |  #10

monty28428 wrote in post #8802347 (external link)
Nice catch -- we have had several sightings off the NC the last few years :-(

thank you. I was in NC a couple years ago and found a couple adults on a wreck.

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Wow , I had no idea they could survive the cold waters off NY and being that big, he must have just been hatched? I know what damage they are doing off Bermuda and the Bahamass but Hampton Bays WOW. Great photo btw

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Thank you. This one is only 2cm, so it is very small. They drift here on the gulf stream as post larval lionfish, and settle on the south shore. These little guys die as the water gets cold. They still do a lot of damage as they eat anything they can fit in their mouths. i wrote an article a couple years ago about how tropicals drift to Long Island every summer. You can find it here http://www.fishguyphot​os.com/tropical_visito​rs_article.htm (external link)

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Oct 17, 2009 19:35 |  #11

That is one cool looking fish, great catch!


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Oct 17, 2009 22:40 |  #12

Great capture.


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Oct 18, 2009 07:07 |  #13

very cool, i have a couple photos of one from cayman island but no where near as nice as this. awsome fish it's is a shame they have to be hunted in the cayman's but they are/will destroy the eco-system




  
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Oct 19, 2009 21:08 |  #14

3Rotor wrote in post #8841968 (external link)
That is one cool looking fish, great catch!

Cyclop wrote in post #8842681 (external link)
Great capture.

mfrank123 wrote in post #8843895 (external link)
very cool, i have a couple photos of one from cayman island but no where near as nice as this. awsome fish it's is a shame they have to be hunted in the cayman's but they are/will destroy the eco-system

Thank you. There is a big push to eradicate them before they take over. Many places are trying to advertise them as a good seafood dish. I have actually had them both cooked and as sashimi and both were equally as tasty :) that would probably be the best way to deal with them. One thing man is good at is over fishing!

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Oct 19, 2009 22:20 |  #15

I used to have a few lionfish when I had a saltwater tank. I do a lot of fishing off the NJ coast and have seen a lot of tropical fish show up. The do ride the gulf stream up and in the summer, our waters warm into the 70's or warmer and they make it for a while until the water's cool..


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