Lionfish spreading throughout western Atlantic

Posted on September 17, 2011 by MAIA MCGUIRE, FLAGLER COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

Lionfish are members of the scorpion fish family and are native to the Indo-Pacific region. Since 2000, however, scientists have become aware of growing populations of lionfish in the Atlantic Ocean. Original sightings of these striking striped fish, with their showy fins, were made on reefs off the coasts of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Bermuda. Since then, the fish have spread throughout the western Atlantic.

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