Lionfish Threaten Atlantic Reefs

Coral reefs in the Caribbean and along the U.S. Atlantic coast are being threatened by a growing population of voracious and invasive lionfish.

The red-striped predator, native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, is a popular aquarium fish, and was likely released into Atlantic waters in the early 1990s. With no natural predators there, the lionfish quickly multiplied, reducing native fish populations by up to 80 percent.

Researchers from Oregon State University recently participated in an …

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