Lionfish Invade Loxahatchee River

Invasive lionfish spreading throughout South Florida

Thursday, Jun 23, 2011  |  Updated 12:23 PM EDT
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Lionfish Invade Loxahatchee River

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Florida International University researchers say the invasive lionfish have now been found in the
Loxahatchee River.

The candy-striped aquarium fish are native to the Indian and Pacific oceans, but have formed growing populations off the southeastern U.S., Bahamas and the Caribbean. They're wreaking ecological chaos because they eat important indigenous fish.

The FIU researchers say lionfish have now been seen nearly three miles inside the Loxahatchee.
 

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