Lionfish Spotted in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary [What’s New]

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Several juvenile lionfish, normally native to the Indo-Pacific, were spotted recently in NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, located 70 to 115 miles off the coasts of Texas and Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first instance of lionfish in the sanctuary since the species spread to U.S. East Coast waters in 2000.

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