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FWC Bans the Import of Lionfish
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation commissioners have banned the import of live lionfish to help combat the fish's invasion of Florida waters.
Lionfish are an invasive non-native species that negatively impact Florida's reef and wildlife.
They were first spotted in Florida waters in the 1980s.
They have no know predators and, in turn, prey on native fish such as snapper and grouper.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission says they think they have a new way to help stop the lionfish problem in Florida.
The commission has approved methods that will make it easier for scuba divers to catch lionfish in the wild.
"When you go out to any particular spot, there could be a swarm of hundreds of lionfish," said diver Josh Gay.
State wildlife officials have given final approval to ban imports of lionfish for the aquarium trade in Florida.
It would begins on August 1.
"It seems a little too little, too late," said owner of Reefscapes Inc. Allen Netzer.