Friday, May 27, 2016

Capitalism comes to the rescue and helps to save the environment: The vexing lionfish problem

Doreen Christensen at the Sun Sentinel has this news item about lionfish:

     Whole Foods is now selling fresh lionfish in seafood departments, hoping to take a bite out of the non-native, invasive species hurting Florida's offshore reefs.
     Starting Wednesday, 26 Florida Whole Foods stores began selling the whole delicate white fish for $8.99 a pound through May 31. The fish will be priced at $9.99 per pound starting June 1.

[and. . .]

     The economically-priced fish, which has 18 venomous spines, is safe to consume once the spines have been removed. "Once caught and placed on ice, the lionfish physically cannot release venom from the gland, ensuring safe consumption for shoppers," says the release. The flesh is not poisonous.

The lionfish problem is a well-known one; it's been reported on for many years ever since the invasive species was first discovered in the Florida Keys. However, not everyone has been aware of the issue and the devastation caused by this species of fish which has no natural predators to deal with in the Florida waters.

Facebook lit up the other day when a certain "conservative Republican" you'd think would be thrilled to see capitalism solve yet another environmental problem posted this:
"Anything for a dime." Huh?