Pterois is a genus of venomous marine fish found mostly in the Indo-Pacific, known collectively as the Lion Fish. Pterois is characterized by red, white and black bands, showy pectoral fins and venomous spiky fin rays. Pterois are popular aquarium fish and are readily utilized in the culinary world.
In the mid 1990s, the species P. volitans and P. miles were unintentionally introduced into the Atlantic Ocean and have become an invasive species along the East Coast of the United States and the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Today divers are encouraged to help in the elimination of Lion fish from the reefs. These tasty fish have a ferociousness appetite for indigenous juvenile reef and game fish. With that said we are offering a " Lionfish Eradication Course" from PADI. Course includes a manual, Instruction on how to Identify Lionfish, safely collect and prepare for consumption the tasty specimen, two boat dives, and certification for only $195. This is a fun and informative course. Please stop in for details on the next course scheduled for April 22. Calling all underwater hunters who want to make a difference. American Dive Center is co-hosting a Lion Fish Derby and Potluck BBQ on May 12, 2012 in Boynton Beach. Two dives off of Dolphin Sun shooting and collecting Lionfish. We will have prizes and beverages afterwards while enjoying a potluck and fellowship. Sign up early as spaces are limited to 14 divers although non divers can join celebration afterwards. Cost is $65 pp for the afternoon two tank. We are looking to get together a team of 6 for a South Florida Derby, competing against 6 other dive shop teams. Ask for details.In conclusion we look forward to helping everyone enjoy safe dives and getting the most out of their recreation dollar. Please support your Local Dive Center and we will do our best to offer top quality products at a competitive price.
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