We in the Caribbean are faced with a very major problem with lionfish, and its consequences are that very soon there will be no more reef pot fish, snappers and fewer pelagic species too to be caught in the waters from Florida to South America!
These lionfish are reproducing by the millions daily and preying on all the juvenile fish on the reefs, and on the surface Sargasso floating rafts, down to a depth of 1,000 feet, and there is really nothing that we can do about it!
It is estimated that all the reef fishes (pot fish and snappers) and some pelagic species will be totally eradicated permanently within the next two years -- a very serious situation.
I feel that this should be published, so that the wider audience can learn of the major problem that is going on in the waters surrounding our Caribbean islands and its lasting effect on each and every one of us for the future!
Capt. John Howes
Banks Village, Brades
Montserrat, West Indies