Groupers help save fish

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Groupers may be able to limit the invasion of lionfish on Caribbean coral reefs, according to new research conducted by The University of Queensland (UQ).

The discovery by a international research team, led by UQ’s School of Biological Science’s, Professor Peter Mumby, could help save native fish populations in the Caribbean, which are being decimated by the pretty but ravenous aquarium favourite.

Lionfish are not found naturally in the Caribbean and it is believed they many have been released from aquariums in the United States and eventually made their way to the Bahamas in 2004.

Professor Mumby said Lionfish numbers have increased dramatically in the past few years and they have now invaded the entire Caribbean.