Lionfish May Be Here to Stay, But Hunting Them Helps

January 23, 2014 12:30 PM

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Lionfish May Be Here to Stay, But Hunting Them Helps

The rapidly reproducing and notoriously hungry lionfish has pushed native creatures out of tropical reefs at an alarming rate in the western Atlantic, where the invasive species has no natural predators.

Even though it may be impossible to get rid of lionfish altogether in the Atlantic, measures to control their populations — even spearing them one at a time — seem to help native species recover, a new study in the Bahamas suggests.

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