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Fashion Accessory

Fashion Accessory

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, November 2, 2016/Categories: wildlife conservation, video, marine life, sustainability, art and design, environment

                                           Invasive Species, the Lionfish (credit: Wiki-commons)

We've paid attention to a highly destructive invasive species, the lionfish previously. The species, originally from the Indo-Pacific region and likely released in Florida by an aquarium owner, is a real invasive monster. Lionfish are now devouring their way through anything they can get their mouths around with a marine reproductive rate that is truly astonishing.

Concern for eliminating lionfish has created multiple unique opportunities for control: top chefs have developed tasty recipes for stir-fry, BBQ, and grilled lionfish dishes; fishing "rodeos" have been organized to see who can catch the largest one; wilflife agencies allow unlimited numbers to be harvested; and anyone diving in the Florida Keys or elsewhere in the Caribbean is allowed to destroy the deadly marine species any way they can.

Now talented craftsmen from several islands are designed jewelry made from the spines of the poisonous fish as tourist items. A short video explains this new development and some of the new products being offered:

Everyone can use a new belt buckle or pair of earrings. Consider adding a lionfish fashion accessory when you're in Florida, the Bahamas, or anywhere else in the Caribbean!



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