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Cyprus begins lionfish cull to tackle threat to Mediterranean ecosystem

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‘Oceans are bleeding invasive and damaging species like a cut artery’ – marine biologistCyprus has held its first organised cull of lionfish after numbers of the invasive species have proliferated in recent years, threatening the Mediterranean ecosystem and posing a venomous danger to humans.“They’re actually very placid,” said Prof Jason Hall-Spencer, a marine biologist, after spearing 16 of the exotic specimens in the space of 40 minutes in the inaugural “lionfish removal derby” off the island’s southern coast. He added: “The problem is they are not part of the natural ecosystem and we are seeing them in plague proportions.” Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2019/may/29/cyprus-begins-lionfish-cull-to-tackle-threat-to-mediterranean-ecosystem

Author : Helena Smith in Nicosia

Publish date : 2019-05-29 11:25:34

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