MBARA to begin 2014 survey dives

Published: Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 01:42 PM.

There’s much speculation on how the lionfish, predators which overwhelm and kill many types of fish, made it into the waters in the first place.

Cox believes that somewhere along the line they were released from an aquarium and successfully invaded, starting with the Atlantic all the way to the Caribbean. If left unchecked, the lionfish will decimate a marine ecosystem.

“The Gulf waters are very rich in marine life,” said Cox. “We have a greater abundance than the Caribbean.”

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