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Assess management options to mitigate lionfish impacts to reef ecosystems

Implementing Organization

University of Florida


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Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

The U.S. Department of Treasury

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 5: Centers of Excellence Research Grant Program


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Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Fish/Fish Habitats

Project Description

In the past decade, invasive lionfish originally from the Indo-Pacific, have rapidly colonized the northern Gulf of Mexico, and their numbers are increasing exponentially. Recent studies in other Atlantic regions indicate that the invasion has potentially devastating impacts on native reef fish populations and ecology, and threatens valued reef fisheries such as snappers and groupers. This project will develop new observations and ecological models to evaluate lionfish impacts on native reef fish, and develop models to predict how stronger management actions and varying levels of lionfish removals may mitigate their impacts.


Allen, Micheal
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Location is center of study area

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