Invasive Species

lionfish
Lionfish
Photo Credit: SEFSC Beaufort Lab

Invasive species research is a multi-disciplinary investigation the invasive red lionfish (Pterois volitans) in southeast U.S. continental shelf waters and its:

Results indicate that lionfish have reached a wide distribution within the focal area.

Preliminary stomach content analysis shows that lionfish have a generalist diet, eating mostly benthic fishes by weight and volume.

Experimental removals of lionfish as part of a before-after-control-impact (BACI) design are underway to help assess the predatory impacts of lionfish on the native hardbottom community.