What are Lionfish? Why should I care about them?

Lionfish

Lionfish (Pterois volitans) are an invasive species that have a potential negative impact on native species and habitats. 

Lionfish prey on anything that will fit into their mouth.  More specifically, reef fish.  They can deplete most fish off a reef in a short period of time.

 

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) encourages people to remove lionfish from Florida waters to help limit negative impacts to native marine life and ecosystems.  

 

Source: FWC

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