Have you ever seen a lionfish?
They are really very beautiful. Their stripes and fluttering, venomous fins… they look like they belong to be on display.
They also belong in the Indo-Pacific, not in the Caribbean. Sadly, they are in both places. Now, it seems like they may even been in the deep Atlantic.
That’s not good for a couple of reasons. First, you can’t exactly get a bunch of divers out to cleanse the deep… 300 feet is not a practical depth to do that. Second, if you can get rid of lion fish on the reefs, but they still exist in large numbers just offshore, well, they’ll come back to the reefs.
This is going to be a long and nasty fight.