21 Jun '16, 1pm

Part 1: Facing a Plague of Invasive Lionfish, Caribbean and Gulf Communities Get Creative

For an ocean-lover, it was like a scene from a bad dream. “I remember very vividly diving on these little patch reefs in the Bahamas and just seeing them covered in lionfish,” said Stephanie Green , an ecologist at Oregon State University. “Some of these sites — just the size of a large truck — would have over 50 adults on them. We’d see a lot of lionfish and not much else.” Until recently, an army of invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish has gone largely unchallenged as it has spread across the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. Now, armed with new science, technologies and traditions, communities across these regions are hoping to outsmart lionfish before these voracious predators can empty reefs and fishermen’s nets of native fish. Lionfish have won many battles. But there is guarded hope that humans might win the war. This is part one of a two-part series. The second part, To Cook...

Full article: http://oceana.org/blog/facing-plague-invasive-lionfish-ca...

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