Be­ware of li­on­fish

Irish Examiner - Farming - - COVER STORY -

A poi­sonous sub-trop­i­cal fish is be­ing ob­served more and more in the Mediter­ranean. With no nat­u­ral preda­tors, th­ese li­on­fish from the In­dian and Pa­cific Oceans can dam­age marine ecosys­tems and lo­cal fish­ing economies. An EU-funded early warn­ing and rapid re­sponse sys­tem is be­ing set up in Cyprus, to pre­vent a li­on­fish in­va­sion from the Red Sea.

Li­on­fish from the trop­ics pose a dan­ger to marine life in the At­lantic and Mediter­ranean. P a r t of t h e c a u s e m a y b e peo­ple dump­ing un­wanted home aquar­i­ums.

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