NYTimes.com video: Science: An Exotic Predator Threatens the Florida Keys
Erik Olsen http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Sean Morton, Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Bob Holston, Dive Key West
REEF - Reef Environmental Education Fund
The related article:
New York Times
Florida Keys Declare Open Season on the Invasive Lionfish
The lionfish threatens to wreak havoc on the ecologically sensitive marine system of the Florida Keys. It was first discovered in the area in 2009.
By Erik Olsen
November 23, 2010
KEY WEST, Fla. — Crawling through turquoise murk on the ocean floor near Tea Table Key, Rob Pillus glances at a half dozen lobsters that twirl their antennae in the fast-moving current. Mr. Pillus, an avid spear fisherman, would normally stuff the crustaceans into his mesh bag for dinner, but today he is after more exotic quarry: an invasive species called the lionfish that threatens to wreak havoc on this ecologically sensitive marine system.
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I-Team: The Silent Invasion Of The Lionfish
Reporting: David Sutta
November 14, 2010 06:34
Story at: http://cbs4.com/local/keys.
Past Channel 4 stories on lionfish at:
Wall Street Journal
The Lionfish Creates an Uproar, Bringing Out the Hunters
Voracious Intruders Stalked With Spears; Doing Your Part by Eating Them
November 15, 2010
KEY LARGO, Fla.—Fluctuations in the fish population are flummoxing marine scientists the world over. But few species elicit the solution served up for the lionfish.
The voracious lionfish hoovers up nearly everything in it's path, from shrimp and angel fish to lizards. The invasive breed from the Far East has bred by the thousands and spread from the Bahamas and Florida up to the Carolinas.
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