[Coral-List] Lion fish question
sealab at earthlink.net
Wed Apr 17 14:15:04 EDT 2013
This story is among many that has appeared recently in the main stream
media. It compares the impact
of lion fish to "a living oil spill".
My question is what scientific evidence is there that reduced fish
populations and / or reef decline
is directly related to the lion fish invasion?
Is it possible that lion fish are in fact becoming a convenient scapegoat?
I realize that they are likely contributing to the problem, but are we
overlooking other more prominent factors?
Natural predatory behavior seems to be developing as some reef species are
learning to feed on lion fish.
As far as I know reef fish are still abundant on the Pacific reefs where
lion fish are indigenous even though
they have few known predators in their natural surroundings.
I just returned from a Caribbean destination where it appeared obvious based
on my personal baseline that
the reefs are in decline. There were many lion fish spotted and speared, but
do we really know if the impact
of this invasive species is as profound as many are asserting?
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