The Trouble with Lionfish

July 21, 2022

Steve Gittings, Ph.D., Science Coordinator for NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

A lot has changed since lionfish were first seen in the Atlantic Ocean nearly 40 years ago. It became an unprecedented, and perhaps unstoppable invasion, but it also rallied people of many stripes to the cause of protecting the places they loved, but saw being destroyed. Find out why the invasion has been so concerning, what we've learned about lionfish impacts and control measures, and what the future holds for the invasion and the people who have become such a rich part of its history. They're good to eat, will never be endangered, and if you need a pair of shoes, I know a guy.