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July 16, 2013
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Lionfish have sharp, thin spines that can be venomous, yet researchers want more people to discover how good they taste. It's all part of a campaign to fend off the invasive species off Florida waters to protect reefs and native marine life.

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Florida Invasives

Florida Invasives

National Geographic (Mar. 15, 2012) — Florida's warm weather and lush landscape offer an attractive habitat to a number of invasive species that are wreaking havoc on local ecosystems. Wild Chronicles investigates how these non-native species, including green iguanas, lionfish and a plant called hydrilla, first arrived. Conservationists suggest the ultimate culprits may be humans who release exotic species into an environment not prepared for their presence.
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Lionfish Go from Hunters to Hunted in Conservation Competition

Lionfish Go from Hunters to Hunted in Conservation Competition

AFP (Feb. 17, 2015) — Florida conservationists have started holding 'lionfish derbies', competitive events in which scuba divers hunt the invasive - but tasty - fish to control its numbers. Duration: 02:22 Video provided by AFP
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Invasive Lionfish Meet Their Match in Florida Keys

Invasive Lionfish Meet Their Match in Florida Keys

Reuters - Innovations Video Online (Feb. 24, 2015) — Venomous, invasive lionfish which are wreaking havoc on Caribbean reef ecosystems, may have met their match in the Florida Keys through a program aimed at stamping the creatures out. Rough Cut (No reporter narration) Video provided by Reuters
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Mechanical Carp Takes Marine Robotics to New Depths

Mechanical Carp Takes Marine Robotics to New Depths

Reuters (Oct. 21, 2013) — The next generation of weapons for marine warfare may look and behave like fish. Scientists in Singapore are copying the natural movement of carp to develop a sea-going robot for use in stealth missions for the military, search and rescue operations or ocean floor research. Rob Muir reports.
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