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Can Congress Eliminate Lionfish?

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We divers know too well the damage created by the rapidly reproducing, voracious lionfish invading coral reefs in the Atlantic and the Caribbean. Now lionfish has caught the attention of one non-diving U.S. Congressman. Steve Southerland, a Republican representing Florida's Second Congressional District (between Panama City and Tallahassee).

While attending a meeting on Gulf of Mexico fish management in Key West, he met with Bill Kelly, a diver and executive director of the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen's Association, to learn about the lionfish that are now taking over the reefs in his home town of Panama City. Kelly showed Southerland a lionfish in an aquarium, and explained efforts now being considered to launch a commercial lionfish trapping program off Florida's coast....

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