Many people ask why is this event set to kill fish of any kind, let alone the beautiful Lionfish. The short answer is they are not indigenous to the State of Florida and here their appetite is enough to wipe out entire reefs of other fish. Their voracious appetite and speed of breeding make them a dangerous animal to the rest of Florida’s reef fish.
Lionfish (Scientific name: Pterois volitans and P. miles) eat up to ten times their own body weight in a single day.
This species of fish was introduced over 30 years ago to South Florida most likely from someone dumping an aquarium and has exploded in population.
This animal poses a significant risk to every other smaller fish on the reefs. They can not breed faster than the Lionfish (Pterois volitans and P. miles) consumes them. The brochure below explains allot more detail about this problem and what you can do to help solve it.
Guy Harvey explains in this video below why our mission is so important.