Draft#1: Lionfish Impact on the Caribbean Marine Ecosystem: A Study in the Effects of Bio-migration of Invasive Scorpion Fish on Caribbean Reefs

This topic submitted by Bill Libecap ( bill.libecap@verizon.com) at 8:49 AM on 3/29/08.

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Lionfish Impact on the Caribbean Marine Ecosystem: A Study in the Effects of Bio-migration of Invasive Scorpion Fish on Caribbean Reefs

Bill Libecap

Large colonies of Lionfish are routinely spotted from the wrecks off the North Carolina coast to the reefs of the Bahamas and greater Caribbean. The introduction or bio-migration of invasive species on floral and fauna are having a devastating impact in the United States. Focus of research will include the investigation and study of impact, native environment and natural control mechanisms, similarities of additional bio-migration examples, myths and possible conclusions on how bio-migration occurred, and steps actively implemented to overcome negative outcomes generated by the invasion of this particular species in the geographical area identified.

1) Introduction
2) Scorpion Fish
a) Characteristics
b) Ecology and Range
c) Behavior
d) Natural Control Mechanisms
3) Bio-migration Myths, Facts, and Plausible Hypothesis
a) Similar Examples of Invasive Non-native Species
b) Human Interaction as Opposed to Natural Migration
4) Impact of Bio-migration
a) Impact on Threatened and Endangered Reef Ecosystem
b) Population Increase and Control Mechanism(s)
c) Current Interaction and Studies
5) Conclusion

*Introductory reference sources listed on following page

Lionfish invader of the U.S. Atlantic Coast

Hopeful Publication and/or Interview of Recent Aquacat/Lionfish Study Sponsored by: http://www.reef.org/db/publications

Davidson, Osha Gray. “The Enchanted Braid”

Gulick, Amy. The Alien Invasion: Non-native Species Invade the U.S.

Glandorf, Robert. Interview with Assistant SCUBA Diver regarding the Lionfish Capture, Tag, Dissection of Lionfish in the Bahamian Exumas Keys

5 Referenced per Syllabus Directive, 7 per this page directive. Additional reference material soon.

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