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NOAA scientists collecting lionfish off the coast of North Carolina to take back to the laboratory for analysis. They are trying to increase their understanding of the number of lionfish in North Carolina habitats, as well as the ecology of lionfish in their new Atlantic ecosystem. They are studying lionfish diet, reproduction, and whether temperature is a limiting factor in where lionfish are found in the Atlantic. (Photo credit: Paula Whitfield)

NOAA scientists collecting lionfish off the coast of North Carolina to take back to the laboratory for analysis