Lionfish have been reeking havoc in Florida waters, causing concern for researchers and scientists. Native to the Pacific and Indian oceans, these fish have grown in population over the last few years.
Once established, they can throw the ecosystem out of balance by destroying reefs.
Reasons why lionfish are harmful:
- Predator to native reef fish
- Venomous fins can harm fish (and humans)
- There is no anti-venom for stings
- “Eating machines”
- Unlikely to eliminate their presence
- Have few, if any, predators
- Breed at a rapid pace
- Steal space and food resources from native fish