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Lionfish: Eat a Fish, Save the Reef

Those who dive in Florida’s reefs have gotten to know a certain beautiful, spiny fish not native to our waters. It’s generally agreed that the highly invasive species from the Indo-Pacific got its start from pet owners. are an attractive, showy fish, but they also eat everything, including other fish. So it’s likely that when a lionfish grew too big for an aquarium and started eating all its neighbors, frustrated owners who didn’t want to kill it simply released it into the ocean. This happened enough times that a population was created. “Genetic studies have shown that the population came …

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