Lionfish Begin Invasion of Biscayne National Park and Are Eating All Our Delicious Fish
A few weeks ago, I was unchained from my laptop and briefly allowed to return to the wild for a few weeks. I headed to the Bahamas for a snorkeling trip.
The lionfish have been found in the Florida Keys and other parts of South Florida waters. Save for a single fish found and removed last year, none had been found in the waters of Biscayne National Park.
Most of the fish discovered recently are fairly small in size, between 2 and 5 inches. Biologists believe this is an indication that the invasion is in its early stages, with young fish being swept in with currents from the south, where populations are more established.
"It is unlikely that we will be able to completely eliminate lionfish from Biscayne National Park," Dr. Vanessa McDonough, the park's Fishery and Wildlife Biologist, told CBS4. "We do hope, though, that we can keep on top of this invasion and circumvent the issues associated with other South Florida exotic species invasions like pythons and iguanas."
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