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1985-2018 Lionfish Invasion

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Lionfish invasion (1985-2018). Lionfish invaded US Atlantic coastal waters, the Caribbean Sea, and the Gulf of Mexico with unprecedented, alarming speed. Though reports of sightings date back to the 1980s, it is only recently that the species has exploded in numbers and range. In fact, the lionfish invasion is the first documented case of a non-native marine fish establishing itself in the Western North Atlantic/Caribbean region.

Matthew Neilson, PhD
Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program
Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center
7920 NW 71st Street
Gainesville, FL 32653


USGS Wetlands and Aquatic Research Center, Matthew Neilson