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Tue Apr 28, 2020, 04:23 AM

Invasive lionfish likely to become permanent residents in the Mediterranean

APRIL 28, 2020


by Alan Williams, University of Plymouth

An invasive species first identified in the Mediterranean Sea just eight years ago is likely to become a permanent feature of the region, a new study suggests.

First seen off the coast of Cyprus in 2012, lionfish (Pterois miles) are now thriving and well-established in the area and across southern Europe.

However, the increasing densities observed over time—combined with the species' generalist diet and consumption of ecologically and socio-economically important fish—may result in further disruption of an already stressed marine environment.

The scale of spread would suggest the lionfish cannot be eradicated, with scientists writing in the Journal of Fish Biology suggesting the development of a dedicated lionfish industry could help manage the situation and lessen some of the species' negative impacts.

More:
https://phys.org/news/2020-04-invasive-lionfish-permanent-residents-mediterranean.html

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Tue Apr 28, 2020, 05:22 AM

1. I'm more worried about the tigerfish...

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Tue Apr 28, 2020, 07:12 AM

2. What idiot brought those in?

Even eight years ago people knew what sorts of hob lionfishes could wreak in other ecologists.

I’d suggest that people in the Med. hold lion fish-catching tournaments. It won’t be enough but it will help.

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Tue Apr 28, 2020, 07:32 AM

3. Like the idiots with poisonous reptiles.

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