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Accession Number PB2013-102067
Title Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management.
Publication Date 2012
Media Count 127p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract The invasion of lionfish (Pterois miles and P. volitans) may prove to be one of the greatest threats of this century to warm temperate and tropical Atlantic reefs and associated habitats. As the first marine reef fish invasive species to this region, lionfish are changing the culture of how reef managers view invasive species, the regional connectivity of marine reefs, and their vulnerability to marine invasions. The term lionfish is now as notorious as the other major invaders of the last century, such as Asian carp, kudzu, zebra mussels, and sea lamprey. Originally imported into the United States as a popular aquarium fish, the lionfish is now one of the most abundant top-level predators of many reefs. Lionfish pose a threat to the integrity of the reef food web and are capable of impacting commercial fisheries, tourism, and overall coral reef health. Viewed in context with other reef stressors such as land-based pollution, climate change, and overfishing the lionfish invasion is distinguished by two obvious characteristics.
Keywords Coral reefs
Ecological impacts
International Coral Reef Initiative
Invasive Alien Species(IAS)
Pterois volitans
Reef resources
Species control

Source Agency National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NTIS Subject Category 47D - Biological Oceanography
98F - Fisheries & Aquaculture
57H - Ecology
Corporate Author Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Inst., Inc., Marathon, FL.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Special pub. series no. 1.
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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