‘Beware of those 4’, the alien fish in our seas

The Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Ispra) and the Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies of the National Research Council (Cnr-Irbim) launch the campaign to inform citizens

Spotted puffer fish, scorpion fish, dark rabbit fish and striped rabbit fish. They all came from the Suez le canal four invasive alien species of tropical origin reported in the Italian seas, for the first time in Sicily, to pay attention to to avoid unpleasant accidents. The Higher Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (Ispra) and the Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies of the National Research Council (Cnr-Irbim) launch the ‘Attenti a those 4’ campaign to inform citizens, explain how to recognize them and monitor their presence and distribution in Italian waters, thanks also to reports from fishermen and divers.



Here they are: the spotted puffer fish – Lagocephalus Sceleratus, reported for the first time in Italy in 2013, is characterized by the presence of dark spots on the silvery-gray back. The species possesses a powerful neurotoxin which makes it highly toxic to consumption, even after cooking. It also has powerful teeth with which it can inflict painful bites.

The scorpion fish – Pterois miles was first reported in Italy in 2016 and is one of the most invasive species in the world, also known for having colonized much of the western Atlantic coasts with impressive ecological impacts. The species is edible but you have to pay attention to the thorns, these can cause very painful stings even 48 hours after the death of the animal.

The dark rabbitfish – Siganus luridus and the striped rabbitfish – Siganus rivulatus were first reported in Italy in 2003 and 2015, respectively. Particularly invasive herbivorous species, they are both edible but you have to pay attention to the thorns, they can cause painful stings even after the death of the animal.

Ispra and Cnr-Irbim invite all fishermen, divers and anyone who has observed or captured one of these species in Italian waters, to document with photos / videos and send their observation via WhatsApp to the telephone number + 320 4365210 or post it on the Facebook group Oddfish – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1714585748824288/ using the hashtag: # Attenti4.

The campaign Beware of those 4! it is sponsored by the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies, the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Ministry of Health, the General Command of the Port Authorities.



Source-www.adnkronos.com