June 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
New England Aquarium
1 Central Wharf Boston, MA 02110
Corey Eddy, PhD Candidate, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
Lionfish have become the poster child for invasive species and they fit the definition perfectly; they were introduced by humans to the Atlantic Ocean where they do not belong and could potentially cause significant environmental harm, possibly decimating entire ecosystems. Naturally found in the Indo-Pacific, they were first reported off the Florida coast in the 1980s, and in less than 30 years spread throughout the entire northwestern Atlantic. Join us to hear from a local researcher about his study of their potential impact on Bermuda’s coral reef ecosystem. You’ll learn how their biology and ecology make them an incredibly successful predator and why we are so concerned with this invasion.