Exotic Invasive Species

lionfishThe Indian River Lagoon is home to more species than any other estuary in North America. Unfortunately, the conditions that make it suitable for so many species also make it vulnerable to invasion by unwanted species that harm the ecosystem. These include aquarium species such as lion fish and caulerpa, a common aquarium plant that outcompete local species, and Brazilian pepper that invade the shoreline and displace native mangrove species.