Creature Feature: Lionfish (Pterois volitans) The hunt continues – The quest for control of an invasive species.
Dressed as though decked out for Carnival, these beautiful fish have taken over the Caribbean waters. Native to the Indo-Pacific, our rich waters offer them an excellent environment to breed and dine without the risk of their natural predators. Their unchecked movement has taken them from the Carolinas down the eastern seaboard, on an island hopping journey to Columbia then all the way down to the Amazon and back up into the Gulf of Mexico in as little as 10 years. Numbers have continued to soar over the last two decades. In an effort to thwart the destructive actions of these voracious fish and create a balance on the reef, efforts are being made all over the Caribbean to cull their numbers and offer the spoils to grouper, sharks and large eels in hopes that they will develop a taste for lionfish and return at least some of the balance