[Coral-List] Lion fish question

Lad Akins Lad at reef.org
Wed Apr 17 15:18:56 EDT 2013

HI Steve,

There are many publications out there documenting the impacts of invasive
lionfish and the differences between native and invaded range populations. 

As a starting point, try the recently published Invasive Lionfish: A Guide
to Control and Management available via the GCFI website at www.gcfi.org

Aside from the info you are looking for, there is also a good literature
citation section.

All the best,


Lad Akins
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[mailto:coral-list-bounces at coral.aoml.noaa.gov] On Behalf Of Steve Mussman
Sent: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 2:15 PM
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Subject: [Coral-List] Lion fish question

   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
   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
   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
   on my personal baseline that
   the reefs are in decline. There were many lion fish spotted and speared,
   do we really know if the impact
   of this invasive species is as profound as many are asserting?
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