Could giving Floridians a free lobster be the key to eradicating the invasive lionfish? Some at the Sunshine State's Fish and Wildlife Commission think it could, at the very least, be a good start.
According to the Miami Herald, the commission is considering a plan that would allow snorkelers and divers to bag one extra lobster during July's two-day lobster mini-season provided they also bring back 10 lionfish.
Many Care To Click members first became aware of the lionfish problems off Florida's coast by reading a blog we wrote about a year ago. The invasive lionfish is native to the pacific ocean. In the Atlantic is has no natural enemies, so it is reproducing at alarming rates and voraciously destroying life along Florida's coral reefs. In short, the lionfish is an undersea environmental menace.
Normally divers are limited to six spiny lobsters per day during lobster mini-season. The FWC is scheduled to hear the lionfish-for-lobster proposal on June 25. If the proposal is adopted, it could take effect for this year's mini-season, which is July 29 and 30.
Care To Click likes the idea of rewarding citizens for helping preserve the environment. While the proposal that would allow divers to nab an extra lobster if they catch 10 lionfish is enticing, the commission may choose to wait before enacting it, allowing the commission to collect more data. We hope the proposal passes, even if it doesn't happen this year.
The proposal would allow divers to continue to do their part to help protect the environment. Even if you are not a diver, you can help protect our environment by visiting the Care to Click Environment page and donating a free click or by donating your social media influence. Environmentally conscious readers can also help the environment while shopping online by using the Care To Click online shopping mall, where shoppers can compare prices and save money on items such as snorkel gear, AIRHEAD paddleboards and even Shimano fishing reels. We'll donate a portion of the purchase price made via the Care To Click shopping mall to organizations working to protect the environment.
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