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October 21, 2008

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chris armaly

Good article and it is about time the Bahamian public becomes aware of this predator.

I will say the first lionfish I saw was in 1983. My cousin and I caught one on a hand line on Montague dock and at the time it was shocking too many who were there. I knew, as at the time I had my own saltwater aquarium and it was mentioned quite a bit in the books for aquariums.

I spent 2 weeks in Abaco in August and I will tell you they are EVERYWHERE! Reefs, crawfish traps, docks, seawalls etc., etc. Something needs to be done.

Mark Hixon

Excellent article -- the most accurate and detailed I've seen so far (and this includes some major newspapers and magazines)!

brenda gadd

I am thrilled that important messages such as these are getting out to your readers.

We are privileged to support Dr. Hixon and his lab students year after year on such important projects as the predation of Lionfish, metapopulation studies of Damselfish, and others.

We hope to begin working very soon on a much-needed conch replenishment project for the Bahamas.

Should you ever be down our way, I hope that you will give me a call so that I may give you a tour of our facilities and introduce you to our staff and visiting scientists.

Janice Malcolm

It is sad to see the amount of new species being introduced to the Bahamas. I just sent a photo of Rough Backed Bat Fish that was taken in Freeport by one of our condo owners. I was told that with the increased shipping and the Container Port in Freeport are a source. The ballast water in most of the container ships are filled in one ocean and then released when they get here into our ocean. Usually these ships are coming from similar climates to ours so the larvae and juvenile fish and invertebrates that are in the ballast water are released into our waters where they thrive.

Large boring bivlaves that live in stone and wood from the Middle East in the harbour waters are now in our waters. How long will it take for the Ministry of Fisheries and scientists take action to identify this source and stop this rather than having cooking classes. It seems they have given up on ever getting rid of them. I am not a scientist -- just a local swimmer using common sense. Lets ensure that something is done about ballast water. It will not ensure we will not have introduction of more or erradication of the current inhabitants but maybe filtering of ballast water will help.

Paul Zajicek

There is considerable scientific and public agency interest in trying to understand how, why, and why this species is spreading. The U.S. Geological Survey tracks species reports and confirmed early reports like this can be very instructive.

The USGS information can be found at: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/FactSheet.asp?speciesID=963.

Majah jacob

Thank You; very informative...now please continue so that each snorkeller who loves and wishes to help the marine ecosystem survive: HOW DO YOU RECOMMEND WE SAFELY AND EFFECTIVELY REMOVE A LIONFISH FROM THE WATER?

...if each person/snorkeller does his/her part, hopefully we can control this "invasion"...

Thank You.

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