Politico: Curbelo, Hastings seek funding for research to eliminate invasive lionfish

By Sergio Bustos

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Washington, D.C. , February 9, 2017 | comments
"There's no partisan politics among Florida lawmakers when it comes to fighting the invasive lionfish."
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There's no partisan politics among Florida lawmakers when it comes to fighting the invasive lionfish.

U.S. Rep. Carlos Curbelo, a Republican from Miami, and U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings, a South Florida Democrat, are hoping Congress will approve their bill that seeks to award grants to universities and non-profit research groups for finding ways to eliminate the lionfish.

The lawmakers said lionfish were a major risk to marine life because they have no natural predators and a single female lionfish can spawn up to 2 million eggs per year. They also said lionfish feast on 40 sportfish per day, devastating the recreational fishing industry in South Florida, and damage coral reefs because they consume herbivores that clean algae from the reefs.

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The congressional bill, H.R. 943, introduced by Hastings and Curbelo is called the Finding Innovative Lionfish Elimination Technologies (FILET) Act of 2017.

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