Lionfish: Invasive species in the Gulf of Mexico

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Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans). Photo taken at Mote Marine Aquarium.

Red Lionfish. Photo taken at Mote Marine Aquarium

Lionfish off Cayo Costa

Much is being done to both study and eradicate this invasive and potentially harmful species. Scientists from Florida Gulf Coast University and Mote Marine Laboratory are both involved in local research. Reef.org is also a great resource with it’s own Lionfish Resarch Program.

Steven Scott

Steven Scott

Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.

Steven Scott

Steven Scott

Steven Scott is a photonaturalist blogger based in Florida and Maine. He has surveyed butterflies with Earthwatch Institute in the mountains of Vietnam, tagged juvenile snook with Mote Marine Laboratory in the mangroves of Florida and filmed a BioBlitz insect survey in Acadia National Park. A registered nurse and retired Army officer, Steven believes man is an integral part of nature and travels annually to Vietnam with humanitarian medical teams from Vets With a Mission.

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