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Answer for Invasive Species: Eat Them!

With its dark red and black stripes, spotted fins and long venomous black spikes, the lionfish seems better suited for horror films than consumption. But lionfish fritters and filets may be on American tables soon. An invasive species, the lionfish is devastating reef fish populations along the Florida coast and into the Caribbean. Now, an […]

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Invasive Species: Guilty Until Proven Innocent?

A famous person once observed that the signature of a civilized mind is the ability to hold two seemingly contradictory ideas in one’s head at the same time. This is exactly what conservation must learn to do when it comes to introduced (or what we often call “non-native” or “invasive”) species. Conservation orthodoxy has it […]

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Alien Giant Tortoise Helps Restore Ecosystem

Rather than wreaking havoc on a tiny island in the Indian Ocean — as alien species can sometimes do — a giant tortoise appears to be helping to restore the native ecosystem. Wildlife scientists introduced Aldabra giant tortoises — which can reach up to 661 pounds (300 kilograms) — to an island, called Ile aux […]

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