August 22, 2008

Mediterranean Facing Fish Invasion

Italian environmental officials said the Mediterranean Sea is being invaded by two alien species each month.

IRPA, Italy's marine environment protection agency, said the fish are coming from fish farms, the Atlantic Ocean and up the Suez Canal, ANSA reported Thursday.

"The sea has been weakened by environmental stress and overfishing," research director Franco Andaloro told ANSA. Andaloro said the Mediterranean is the world's "most invaded" body of water, with barracudas, parrot fish and trigger fish "knocking the food chain out of whack and threatening ecosystems."