Lionfish are emerging as a top threat to ecosystem health in the region. Research indicates that lionfish are negatively affecting local marine environments through increased predation and competition with native reef species. Being opportunistic feeders, lionfish are efficient predators that prey on a wide array of ecologically and economically valuable fish and crustacean species, including juvenile grouper, parrotfish, wrasse and cleaner shrimp. Excessive predation upon these important species in addition to overfishing and other anthropogenic disturbances makes the lionfish invasion one of multiple threats to marine ecosystems in the western Atlantic. Additionally, lionfish have no known natural predators in their invaded range, which is likely aiding the extreme growth of their populations.
Join Lionfish Central in this fight. To learn more on what you can do to help click here. We are a nonprofit organization that works with agencies, divers, restaurants, wholesalers and many other industries to help save our reefs from the harmful overpopulation of the lionfish. Please help us continue help those who are doing great work in this fight. Below are some of the ways you can help. Thank you!