New Web Portal Aims to Tame the Lionfish Invasion
Kimberly Blair - PNJ.com
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January 7, 2015
Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have announced the launch of a user-friendly, and interactive Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.
“The lionfish web portal was built to bring together scientists and coastal managers to share information and gather resources,” Fisheries Institute executive director Bob Glazer said in a prepared statement. “We are confident that we can control lionfish in many places such as marine protected areas, sanctuaries, and other conservation areas if the many strategies and tools provided on the lionfish web portal are used.”
NOAA scientists and policy experts, non-profit environmental groups, academic scientists, and coastal managers from the Southeast U.S., Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico cobbled together decades-worth of their own research and experiences in dealing with the lionfish invasion to author the site.
Introduced into the southeast Atlantic through the U.S. aquarium trade in the 1980s, lionfish are now found in nearly all marine habitats in the Atlantic along the Southeast of the U.S., in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean waters. According to NOAA, densities of the lionfish have surpassed some native reef fish in many locations.
They are have caused ecological damage to reefs and are considered an aggressive threat to native fish populations throughout their range.
Check out the new Invasive Lionfish Web portal at GCFI.org
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