Mike Prangley of Jacksonville's First Coast News discusses recent lionfish sightings with TISIRI's Joe Kistel. Lionfish are not new to the waters of north east Florida but this is the first reported TISIRI sighting in the area since 2009. Lionfish sightings are a concern because lionfish are not known to have natural predators in non-native Atlantic waters,they are aggressive eaters, and reproduce at early ages. The fear is these animals will severally deplete populations of other native fish and invertebrate species.
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