Fishermen, others learn to deal with lionfish

By BRUCE SMITHAssociated Press

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Fishermen and others in the Carolinas are learning how to deal with the invasion of lionfish on a year-round basis.

The environmental group REEF is holding workshops in the Carolinas during the next few days to provide information about lionfish and how humans, their only predators, can deal with them. Sessions are being held Wednesday in Wilmington N.C., Thursday in Charleston and next week in Morehead City, N.C.

The foot-long, one-pound invaders with venomous spines are native to the tropical Pacific and Indian oceans.

They were first found off Florida and in the Gulf of Mexico about 30 years ago but now are common off the Carolinas as well. They have no natural predators in the ocean and scientists say only humans can control the invasion.

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