Learn about how human activities (including population growth, pollution, global warming, burning of fossil fuels, habitat destruction and introduction of nonnative species) may impact the environment. Then examine how a nonnative species is affecting North Carolina marine ecosystems by viewing the NC Science NOW video "Lionfish."
UNC-TV Science: January 25, 2014
Stopping Invasive Species by Letting Them Spread
James Morris is a marine ecologist for NOAA focused on protecting the ocean's fisheries from invasive species. He grew up around the docks of a small fishing village as a 6th generation fisherman. He loves fishing and wants to be sure there is a flourishing fishery for more generations of small communities along the coast.
When did you discover you wanted to be a marine ecologist?
It’s not often you get to help yourself by balancing your diet while at the same time restoring some balance to the planet: in this case, the marine reef ecosystem. But that’s what eating lionfish will do. Because right now, people are the only predator the lionfish has.
Broiled Lionfish with Paprika and Herbs