Invasive Species in the MediterraneanLatest update August 1, 2019 Started on July 6, 2019
On board our Research Sailboat we are travelling throughout the Mediterranean documenting and reporting the influx of new invasive species from the Red Sea. Meaning Lionfish, pufferfish, rabbitfish and many more
The Migration of Invasive species into the Mediterranean is by now a fact, not a fear.
While it was important to understand migration patterns, how the distribution works exactly, by now it would appear the time to observe has passed. Numbers of the invasive Lionfish are exploding and we keep seeing more than 30 individuals in a single dive of 45 minutes. They are pushing local species out of their niches and feed on local fish stocks at a rate that does wear them down. Need to find out more about invasive species? Here is the explanation video!
We hope to document and better understand the way new invaders in the marine environment impact the population dynamics under water. Keeping a close eye on the development of the fish stocks in certain key locations will be the main task of the expeditions along the way.
While lion fish do increase in abundance it is uncertain how strongly the negative impact on local fish stocks is, we hope to clear the mystery up a bit
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