April 17, 2013
Lionfish Attacking Atlantic Like Living Oil Spill
Elizabeth Shogren, NPR
A gluttonous predator is power-eating its way through reefs from New York to Venezuela. It's the lionfish.
And although researchers are coming up with new ways to protect some reefs from the flamboyant maroon-striped fish, they have no hope of stopping its unparalleled invasion.
Lad Akins has scuba dived in the vibrant reefs of the Bahamas for many years. But when he returned a couple years ago, he saw almost no fish larger than his hand.
TAGGED: Invasive Species, Oceans, Ecosystems, Coral Reef, Fish