Why Invasive Species?
Although lionfish may seem like a threat to people, did you know lionfish actually kill vegetation in the ocean too. Which means all the habitat on the reef for fish are completely gone. How will the fish live, and how can we get rid of these exotic pests? Well, here’s how. It is legal to remove all lionfish from all Texas waters, with a spear, net, or hook and line, and, tracking down the lionfish population are two solutions that establish aquatic animals to have a positive outcome on East Texas ecosystems.
An exotic species is a certain species that is not native to an area. What these exotic species do is ruin the lakes and other bodies of water in East Texas by covering the ecosystem down below. If, the species cover the sun it creates too much habitat for the fish in the water. With too much habitat the bass will be skinny because they can’t find food. So what we have tried to do to stop them is spray herbicide to kill the plants, get beetles to eat the plants, and put up a fence to stop them from coming into our area. These solutions have not completely stopped the issue.
One solution that I’ve came up with is tracking down the lionfish population. Although more sightings in recent years suggest that more lionfish are present, that may not be the case. A monitoring program is needed to determine if the number of lionfish is actually growing. With this we’ll be able to set traps up before they get to the destination.
Another solution I prefer is this… It is legal to remove lionfish from all Texas waters with a spear, net, or hook and line. In fact, by doing this we can have more habitats for fish to live on the reefs. Did you know, Houston did just this and they’ve already gotten ¾ of what they had back.
Starting a monitoring program and removing lionfish with a spear, net, or hook and line are two amazing solutions to stopping this invasion. Now when you see a lionfish you don’t have to be scared of it hurting you. You can make it be scared of you hurting you.