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November 11, 2013

Lionfish

Lionfish are showing up in our coastal waters.  These fish have long venomous dorsal spines.  A lionfish sting is extremely painful and in rare cases can cause an allerigic reaction with breathing difficulties.  Heat breaks down the venom, so the affected area should be soaed in hot, not scalding, water for 20 to 30 minutes.  Seek medical attention to prevent infection and monitor for serious adverse reactions (from Rifle & Rod magazine, Fall 2013).

Lionfish

Should you encounter a lionfish in our waters, you are requested to report the sighting at http://nas.er.usgs.gov/sightingreport.aspx.

By the way, lionfish are very good to eat, having delicate white meat with no fishy flavor.

Posted by Vince Bishop - 11/11/13, 04:11 AM