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Cozumel shortage of Lionfish

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by DiverN2H2O, May 21, 2019.

  1. DiverN2H2O

    DiverN2H2O Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Columbia MO
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    This past weekend in Destin Florida there was a little Lionfish Tournament
    The divers brought in 14,119 Lionfish !!!
    There was something like $45,000 US in prizes.
    One boat brought in over 2,000
    Can you imagine all that ceviche!
     
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  2. cobra269

    cobra269 Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: TN
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    Lion Fish have gone deep. This past 21 days of diving (36 dives) only 6 were harvested. Talk to the ones that deep dive, like 120 ft and below. They are every where. No mass hunting at these depths.
     
  3. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oklahoma City
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    Too bad divers cant dive east side regularly, I bet they are thiiiiiick over there.
     
  4. gopbroek

    gopbroek Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lewisville TX
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    I do not believe they migrated deep. I think we have hunted them out on the upper portions of the southern reef and over the last year we have now put a major dent in the population in the 110' - 150' range, now that that area is being hunted hard. I was on a ceviche run a week back in an area of the wall that normally produces well. Hit it long and hard to 150' and found 2 medium and 2 dinks, it had been picked pretty clean. A friend who is a DM found a cave at 160' with a nest in it and fill a zoo keeper 3/4 full. On two previous dives over the wall that day I found very few down to 150', these same areas were the go to areas only a year back.
    When left alone I believe they mature due to a lack of any other predators but I think they tend to stay close to a specific area, when there is migration I would think it is due to a lack of food and they would migrate upwards to the higher food density. This explains the occasional mature fish I see in calm currents in the open around 100' between the top of the wall and the reef itself.
     
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  5. Chidiver1

    Chidiver1 Nassau Grouper

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    Damn, ate lion a couple years back on coz. I would like to eat some more next time
     
  6. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oklahoma City
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    East side has to be infested though I would think.........
     
  7. Snoweman

    Snoweman Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Atlanta, GA
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    I'm not an ichthyologist, but I don't think they "migrate". I think they go where the eggs take them, and will multiply rapidly in an area where they aren't being hunted. With rec people (like me) not going below 120', the ones that land there are thriving by not being hunted. They are like fire ants.
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas High Plains
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    I don't think so either. I think the eggs and larvae follow the currents around the Caribbean, and they'll eat almost anything. I fear that the gyre will carry them all over the north Atlantic and on into the south as well. They are also found in the Mediterranean, invading from the Suez and probably released by aquarium hobbyists when they get too large. I once saw two fruit piranhas in New Mexico's Blue Hole, but they didn't survive long.
     
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  9. Brules

    Brules Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Oklahoma City
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    I still maintain if they want to make them extinct, spread rumors that they are like eating Rhino horns.........ultimate male enhancement! Will be hunted to extinction real quick LOL! :)
     
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  10. Charred

    Charred Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Lehigh Valley
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    Is this why all those older divers love the ceviche so much? :wink:
     
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