Fighting the Lionfish Invasion: Mote’s Special Lecture Series on Feb. 10

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Feb. 10
Fighting the Lionfish Invasion: Mote’s Special Lecture Series

Learn how nonnative lionfish have invaded Atlantic waters and how we can fight back during a talk by Lad Akins, the next speaker in Mote’s Special Lecture Series.

The talk “Indo-Pacific Lionfish: Here To Stay or Gone Tomorrow?” will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10 inside the Immersion Cinema in The Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory.

“The lionfish invasion has been ranked as one of the top 15 emerging threats to global biodiversity,” says Akins, Director of Special Projects for Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a grassroots organization whose citizen scientists work to benefit marine ecosystems. Lionfish have invaded the Gulf of Mexico, Southern Atlantic and Caribbean so heavily that prey fish populations in some places have fallen by 90 percent.

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Lad Akins dives with large lionfish. 
(Photo courtesy of Lad Akins.)

Despite these challenges, scientists and volunteers are beginning to make headway against the invasion, even directly applying new research to improve control efforts. Learn more about their progress during Akins’ lecture.

Series Information & Ticketing:

  • 7:30 p.m. each Monday through March 10, 2014 (doors open at 7 p.m. with seating on a first-come, first-served basis)
  • Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Immersion Cinema, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway in Sarasota, Fla.
  • Tickets and full information: See a speaker lineup and purchase tickets in advance online at $12 (per ticket per lecture) for Mote Members; $15 for non-Members.
  • Students, teachers and Mote volunteers (who don't hold a membership) can purchase tickets at the Member rate with a special discount code. Email or call 941-388-4441, ext. 264, for the code. Tickets are nonrefundable unless a lecture is canceled by Mote.


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