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Economists develop cost decision making method for lionfish

by Chris Branam, Phys.org

Lionfish are a prime example of damage caused by an invasive species brought into a new environment. With their venomous spines, aggressive behavior, and few natural enemies, these fish have the potential to harm reef ecosystems in the western Atlantic Ocean.

Natural resource managers need to plan and budget for activities to deal with an invasive animal like the lionfish. But until now there hasn’t been a good method for figuring out how much to spend on gathering the information needed to effectively manage lionfish. Continue reading