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Red lionfish


The National Park Service has a Lionfish Response Plan to guide Parks in addressing threats to fragile coral reef ecosystems and visitor safety. The exotic Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans) is a voracious predator that damages ecosystems by consuming tremendous amounts of native reef fish and invertebrates. Lionfish also pose a threat of injury and illness from stings caused by venomous spines. They have invaded the southeast Atlantic seaboard, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico where National Parks are located including Biscayne, Dry Tortugas and Everglades National Parks in Florida, Buck Island Reef and Virgin Islands Coral Reef National Monuments and Virgin Islands National Park. Read the Lionfish Response Plan and check out these additional resources to find out what the National Park Service and partners are doing to track and remove lionfish and inform the public about this aquatic invader.

Additional Resources

Biscayne National Park

Everglades and Dry Tortugas National Parks

NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research

U.S. Geological Survey Nonindigenous Aquatic Species Program

Reef Environmental Education Foundation

Simon Fraser University

Oregon State University

Last Updated: January 04, 2017