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Pacific lionfish have invaded the Atlantic Ocean, spreading from Miami up the east coast above North Carolina. They're also a menace in The Bahamas and Caribbean, including isolated islands like the Caymans. They should be terminated wherever encountered, which is a big range---from canals behind homes, out to depths of 600 feet. They carry poisonous fins, and should be handled carefully. The worst thing is their impact on reef fish; they gulp tropical fish, little snapper and grouper all day long. Lionfish are great to eat, though smallish, with a 17-inch fish being the current record for the entire Bahamas. Killing a lionfish may seem like it won't matter much, but keep in mind this fish can lay two million eggs annually, that float and can travel the currents for hundreds of miles. Diving with a pole spear is by far the most efficient method for culling lionfish; one boat crew in the Bahamas harvested more than 200 in a single day during a tournament. Hosting an event like that with prizes is the surest way to gather up a fleet of boats, whose crews will concentrate on culling the local population of lionfish all day. These photos are from Lad Akins from Project REEF, who helps organize tournaments in the Florida Keys and Bahamas. If you would like to become involved in REEF and their coral reef conservation projects, go to

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