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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

Iron, lion, zion

Well no surprises here. Just goes to show that indigenous species should be left in their natural environment and not transported around the world for aquariums only to get loose and endanger the eco system. Are you listening Florida?

Link: HERE

"Once found only in the Indian and Pacific oceans, before spreading in recent years to the Caribbean and Atlantic, lionfish have been found in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in more than 20 years, scientists report"
 
"Authors of a report published last week called for immediate monitoring and control of lionfish in the Mediterranean to be carried out to try to prevent an invasion of the creatures. The invasive species has wreaked havoc on coral reefs in the Caribbean."

We are starting to see natural predators to the lionfish here on the island with groupers and sharks developing a taste for the fish. We can only hope that there isn't a population explosion in the Med and that it can be managed effectively and efficiently.