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Diving deep for invasive lionfish

In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, Stockton Rush, CEO and Co-Founder of OceanGate Inc., opens the hatch on the company's submersible 'Antipodes,' about three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Seattle-based company offered scientists and wildlife officials a close-up look at the invasive lionfish deep in the waters off South Florida aboard the Antipodes. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, Stockton Rush, CEO and Co-Founder of OceanGate Inc., opens the hatch on the company's submersible "Antipodes," about three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Seattle-based company offered scientists and wildlife officials a close-up look at the invasive lionfish deep in the waters off South Florida aboard the Antipodes. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

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  • In this Thursday, June 27, 2013 image taken from video, two lionfish are shown in an aquarium at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Fla. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Suzette Laboy)
  • In this Thursday, June 27, 2013 image taken from video, research scientist David Kerstetter, points out a captive lionfish's venomous spines at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Fla. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Suzette Laboy)
  • In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo,  submersible pilot Randy Holt, right, communicates with the support boat as he and Stockton Rush, left, CEO and Co-Founder of OceanGate Inc., dive in the company's submersible, 'Antipodes,' about three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Seattle-based company offered scientists and wildlife officials a close-up look at the invasive lionfish deep in the waters off South Florida aboard the Antipodes. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, Oregon State University lionfish expert Stephanie Green counts lionfish on the sunken freighter 'Bill Boyd,' as she travels aboard the submersible 'Antipodes,' in about 250 feet under the sea about three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Seattle-based OceanGate Inc. offered scientists and wildlife officials a close-up look at the invasive lionfish deep in the waters off South Florida aboard the Antipodes. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo,  submersible pilot Randy Holt checks the sonar aboard 'Antipodes,' about three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Seattle-based company OceanGate Inc., offered scientists and wildlife officials a close-up look at the invasive lionfish deep in the waters off South Florida aboard the Antipodes. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • In this Friday, June 28, 2013 photo, Stockton Rush, CEO and Co-Founder of OceanGate Inc., opens the hatch on the company's submersible 'Antipodes,' about three miles off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Seattle-based company offered scientists and wildlife officials a close-up look at the invasive lionfish deep in the waters off South Florida aboard the Antipodes. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
  • In this Thursday, June 27, 2013 image taken from video, research scientist David Kerstetter, filets a lionfish at the Nova Southeastern University Oceanographic Center in Dania Beach, Fla. Divers in Florida and the Caribbean are encouraged to capture and eat any lionfish they encounter to protect reefs and native marine life already burdened by pollution, over-fishing and the effects of climate change. Recreational divers max out around 130 feet and researchers and wildlife officials rarely have the means to go looking for lionfish deeper than that, but they've realized that the lionfish they can't see may be their biggest concern. (AP Photo/Suzette Laboy)

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