My buddy and I just did a dive 4 hours ago on Aruba and we killed 12 lion fish in 1 dive, They are all over. I have never seen them that thick. We don't see them snorkeling but they are thick when you dive. They are nastey!!!
friends of mine were recently in bonaire on a dive trip and said they got tired of counting them...there are so many....the good thing is, is if they catch them and bring them to the conservation agency (or whoever it is that monitors them) they let them keep them...the one guy we met 2 years ago on a dive trip said he takes them in and then brings them home to cook....very good tasting according to him
Aruba Marine Park Foundation Recently during a routine check by the Coast Guard, divers hunting lion fish were caught with other fish besides lion fish. Since the invasion of the lion fish in 2009 the Coast Guard has been tolerating "hunting" of lion fish because of its impact on the marine life and reefs. However, some "hunters" are misusing and abusing the trust and tolerance of the Coast Guard and with this latest incident, this has prompted the Coast Guard and the Prosecutors office to go back to this 2001 law. Any person regardless of their "good" intension to hunt lion fish will be breaking the law. When caught, this person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The Aruba Marine Park Foundation has been informed regarding this matter and more information will be coming. Aruba Marine Park Foundation strongly suggest for everyone to please take notice of this development. Any illegal actions or other incidences will not help the lion fish program. More information will follow soon.
No more hunting of lion fish until there is a change in the law. Very very unfortunate. A sad day for Aruba's marine life.
Saw this on facebook today:
National Lion Fish Control Program
Tuesday August 14th 2012, the Aruba Marine Park Foundation, (AMPF), met with the prosecutor’s office, (OM), regarding the lion fish control program.
This meeting was requested by the board of the AMPF in order to discuss several issues including the lion fish program.
The OM, explained that they know about the lion fish invasion and they support the idea and efforts that the AMPF has been doing along with the hunters in order to control this problem.
However, according to the OM, “this must be done in a controlled and organized fashion. Derby’s, competitions or any type of hunting will be coordinated through one program.”
The events and activities will run through AMPF and the Coast Guard, (KW), will be notified accordingly.
Because of this structure, a “lion fish hunting tag” will be developed for all hunters and all hunters will be registered with AMPF, OM and KW.
A written agreement between the OM and the AMPF will be part of this process and there are rules and regulations for hunting lion fish, in accordance with the wishes from both the OM and KW.
The OM confirmed to the AMPF today that the official written support and guidelines will be handed to AMPF shortly but in the meantime it would be recommended to start with a pre-registration of all lion fish hunters while the paper work is being done.
More details will be provided in the meeting at LVV Thursday August 16th at 17:30.
AMPF has provided the OM with all the letters and proposals for a law change in order to accommodate this program.
It’s a big and important step and having the support of the OM and KW will greatly help with the combined efforts for this program.