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Dr. Mary Wicksten recently participated in a four-day NOAA-sponsored diving cruise to the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
As part of this “Lionfish Inivitaitonal,” divers from aquaria, universities, and private groups speared, netted, or otherwise removed as many invasive lionfish as possible. Additionally, the cruise allowed researchers to monitor a puzzling die-off of sponges and corals near the sea floor of the East Flower Gardens Banks. In all, the group was able to capture or kill 396 lionfish!
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