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Spring 2002 - V.17 N.1



NEWS AROND THE LAGOON


Bush Administration Proposes Cuts to Environmental Enforcement and Water Quality Programs

Boaters oppose Manatee Speed Limits in Indian River County

Indian River County to Purchase Kroegel Parcel

Proposal to Extend Indian River Lagoon Boundaries

Controversial Manatee Bill in Florida Legislature

Brevard County Issues Invasive Plant Ordinance

Poisonous Lionfish Now Off Florida

Palm Bay Approves Lagoon House Design

Pesticide Use in Florida Kills Birds

70 Million Pounds Of Pesticides Applied Every Year





 
Poisonous Lionfish Now Off Florida

    An invasive species of a tropical fish with pretty looks and a nasty sting has been found off Florida’s East Coast posing a possible health threat to divers and fishermen. Lionfish, which can grow up to 12 inches long, usually inhabit the Pacific Ocean. But tropical fish enthusiasts ship them all over the world and some of the fish have escaped. Lionfish like warm water and have been spotted offshore in the Gulf Stream. The spines of lionfish are poisonous and may cause severe pain, paralysis, respiratory illness and death.


Next Article: Palm Bay Approves Lagoon House Design.


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