A lionfish invasion in the Atlantic Ocean has caused scientists to begin worrying due to the dangers that the venomous fish could bring. The CS Monitor reported on Oct. 20, 2013, that the venomous, fast-reproducing fish is not native to the Atlantic and they will consume anything and every single thing that will come their way.
There are no known predators for lionfish other than humans so they really have nothing to worry about. With that being said, they are capable of wiping out 90 percent of a reef in no time.
Graham Maddocks, founder and president of Ocean Support Foundation, said:
“The lionfish invasion is probably the worst environmental disaster the Atlantic will ever face.”
In places such as Bermuda, the lionfish invasion could cause a huge loss both economically and intrinsically. Maddocks and his foundation work with government agencies to try and help reduce the lionfish population in Bermuda, but they believe it to only be rising.
Every few days, there can be 30,000 to 40,000 eggs produced and thus the lionfish invasion continues to grow. They are known to reach maturity at just one year of age and are usually found in the Bahamas, Amazon, the Caribbean, and waters near North Carolina.
The lionfish invasion in the Atlantic is being seen as coming from maybe just six to eight females.
As humans are the only predator for the lionfish, some restaurants are doing their part to help out. A number of restaurants in Florida are helping by serving lionfish on a limited basis to reduce the population as much as they can.