FPL | Blue Tilapia
 

Blue Tilapia

Origin: Africa and Middle East

Impacts: The blue tilapia, established in almost all of central and south Florida, represents a significant threat to native ecosystems.

This fish competes with native fauna for spawning grounds, food, and extended habitat. Certain areas with dense tilapia populations are nearly devoid of vegetation and native fish.

The occurrence of blue tilapia drastically alters natural fish communities. This species is a great threat to the integrity of the Everglades National Park and other natural areas, where it is considered a major management problem for the National Park Service.

 

Oreochromis aureus

Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission