10 October 2012

• Invasive Lionfish: Such A Problem that NOAA Has a Publication on How to Control Them

“’Invasive lionfish pose a clear and present threat to coastal marine ecosystems and fisheries of the tropical Western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico,’ said Mark Hixon, Ph.D., a prominent coral reef ecologist of Oregon State University. ‘This new guide is a comprehensive compendium of up-to-date information for understanding and effectively addressing this worst of marine invasions.’

“’Specific impacts of lionfish include consumption of ecologically important species such as algae eaters that keep algae in check on coral reefs. On heavily invaded reefs, lionfish are also capable of removing more than 60 percent of prey fish, some of which include economically important species like snapper and grouper.”

Source: NOAA

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