The 8,089 lionfish caught at the weekend event in Pensacola was a world record. “It was four times more than we have ever had,” said Alex Fogg with Florida Fish and Wildlife. “These tournaments are very significant to the reefs. You can control them on a localized level like this if you do it often.” Fogg says the positive impact of cleaning the reefs of lionfish allows the other reef fish to bounce back in numbers. In other areas of the state, the numbers of lionfish caught were much lower ranging from 25 to 3,478. Fogg said it is indicative of the problem in Pensacola due to the large amount of reef space available to the invasive species.
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