|Published:||Apr 17, 2013 5:07 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 17, 2013 6:40 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "They grow at a rapid rate, they can lay something like 40,000 eggs every two weeks and they have no natural predators," said Bill Dantuno.
Instead, scuba divers with spears can help put a stop to the dangerous lion fish.
"They can decimate a reef within a month once it'll be completely taken over, it will be just all lion fish on the reef," said Dantuno.
Bill Dantuno, the President of the Naples Spearfishing League, said help is on the way for Collier County after Florida Fish and Wildlief voted to repeal a law forbidding spear-fishing in the county waters.
"It would be a good day for Collier County and for people who want to go out and spearfish."
FWC is discussed the changes this week during their commission meeting. The ban requires divers trying to spearfish, nine miles away from the county shore.
"Collier County is the only county in Florida that has that rule," Dantuno said.
But the fish have become such a problem here, scuba dive instructors now carry lion fish spears with them in the water, just in case they see one on the reef.
"Yeah, we want to get them off the reef because they kill the reef so if we see them, they're also good eating too," said Kyle Price, a dive instructor for Scuba Outfitters in Naples.
With the commissioners decision, it will now be up to state lawmakers to fully repeal the ban.
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