Thursday, January 15, 2015

Volunteers' Early Detection Leads to Another Successful Removal of a Non-native Fish Species by REEF

REEF Volunteer divers Deb Devers and Lureen Ferretti spotted an unknown fish species, later determined to be a mimic lemon peel surgeonfish (Acanthurus pyroferus), over the Thanksgiving weekend and documented the occurrence.  The divers returned to the site, Palm Beach County Florida, on December 13th and captured the fish and it was shipped alive to the  Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada where it will go on exhibit for public display to educate the public on invasive species.

In the fight against non-native, invasive species it can sometimes seem that success stories are few and far-between.  Early detection and rapid response is the key to prevent non-native species from gaining a foothold and becoming an established population.

The full article can be read on the REEF website.