Invasive Species

Florida wildlife officials are awarding $250,000 to five organizations to research new ways to remove invasive lionfish from deep-water habitats.

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed it found three invasive Oriental Fruit flies in farmlands south of Miami-Dade County. This species is labeled one of the most serious fruit fly pests in the world and lays eggs in host fruits.

Charles Sobczak

Florida is home to a wide array of flora and fauna, but not all of it is native, actually quite a lot of what you see in the wild world around you is considered to be invasive. We’re getting a lesson on Florida’s many invasives from Charles Sobczak. The Sanibel-based author will be presenting two lectures on Florida’s invasives later this month, the first one is at the downtown Fort Myers Regional Library on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m. and the other is at the Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota on Friday, June 23 at 1:00 p.m. His lectures are based on information he gathered for his book, The Living Gulf Coast – A Nature Guide to Southwest Florida.


Florida Takes Aim At Lionfish

May 23, 2018

More than 15,000 lionfish were recently removed from Florida waters as the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has started a more than three-month effort to remove the invasive species from state waters.

Florida is marking a milestone in its attempt to control an infestation of Burmese pythons in the Everglades.