Category Archives: Invasive Species

USGS Confirms 36th Non-Native Marine Fish Species Found in Florida

Today the the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) announced a West Pacific Ocean fish species commonly known as the blotched foxface rabbitfish (Siganus unimaculatus) was successfully captured off Dania Beach, Florida.  According to the USGS, this is the first record of the species … Continue reading

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The Data behind New England’s Exotic Non-Native Fishes

Over the past year, I’ve covered several stories about introductions of non-native, exotic fishes to U.S. waters. While most of my work on the topic has focused on non-native marine fish species in Florida, I thought it might be interesting, given that I live … Continue reading

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First Report (and Removal) of Non-Native Surgeonfish Species in Florida

In a press release yesterday, the Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) reported the first record of the non-native marine fish species Acanthurus pyroferus (commonly called the chocolate surgeonfish or the mimic lemon peel surgeonfish) in Florida waters. According to the release, the fish was first … Continue reading

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Marine Policy Paper Sheds New Light on Ecological Risks of the Aquarium Hobby

A new paper in the journal Marine Policy (“The 800-Pound Grouper in the Room: Asymptotic Body Size and Invasiveness of Marine Aquarium Fishes,” Holmberg et al.) is critical of the aquarium trade practice of selling fishes unsuitable for most home … Continue reading

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BANNED! [Excerpt from CORAL Magazine]

For your weekend reading enjoyment, CORAL Magazine has made one of my articles from the July/August 2014 print issue on Florida’s new lionfish import ban available for free online. After many months of fact-finding and testimony, the seven Florida Fish and … Continue reading

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“Lionfish Bomb” Hits New York?

When I interviewed Todd Gardner last month while researching an article on lionfish, he told me he had not seen any of the invasive fishes in New York waters over the past three years. That’s what made last week’s find of a tiny … Continue reading

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The Trouble with Trash Fish – Building Markets

“We have an idea what we might get, but we won’t know for sure until the day of the event,” said chef Stephen Phelps in an article published Wednesday in the Herald-Tribune. He was talking about the fish that will be … Continue reading

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