"I was diving on a reef I've studied since 1991," he recounts. "It was so degraded, and there were so few fish in what used to be a teeming reef, that at one point I was overcome and went to tears."
He says in the best case scenario, some natural control will kick in and lionfish will become a minor part of the Caribbean and Atlantic reef community.
Problem yes - overeaction YES! Pray tell how does the Lionfish "degrade" the reef. I would doubt that a 12 inch Lionfish eats anymore fish than a 12 inch Grouper.
Not defending them being there obviously they do not belong but when a so-called scientist makes that sort of statement.....well .....it degrades scientists