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Lionfish Invasion
5:15 pm
Mon July 23, 2012

Scientists Says Lionfish Population Exploding in Gulf

Hurricane Andrew, some 20 years ago, could be repsonsible for the lionfish invasion.
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Scientists say there’s an exploding population of lionfish off Alabama’s coast and are concerned how it could affect the ecosystem. The spiky, brown-and-white striped fish are native to the Pacific Ocean, but not the Gulf or Atlantic. Scientists believe the invasive species was first introduced about 20 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Andrew. Karon Aplin is with Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

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