Combatting the Lionfish Invasion – Dr Mark Hixon and Lab, University of Hawaii

Nov 2, 2018 | biology, earth and environment

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Lionfish are predators that typically inhabit Pacific and Indian Ocean coral reefs. In areas where they have been introduced, they have become troublesome invaders. Populations have spread and grown in some regions to the extent that they are wreaking havoc on local marine ecosystems. Dr Mark Hixon and his team are working hard to combat the lionfish invasion.
 

 

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