The silver-cheeked toadfish Lagocephalus sceleratus, native to the Pacific and Indian Oceans

The New Scientist magazine has just published a new article titled "Invasive toxic puffer fish causes havoc in European waters" that can be found here:

The article published by The New Scientist connects BlueBRIDGE's work to the interests and efforts of researchers across Mediterranean countries. 

An invasive pufferfish is causing havoc for Mediterranean fishers, and the toxin it carries is turning up in native shellfish. 

This fish has thrived in the Mediterranean since arriving only 10 years ago, and it is native to the Pacific and Indian oceans. Specifically, it is a a silver-cheeked toadfish, as pictured above. It is eaten as the delicacy 'fugu' in Japan, known as a puffer fish, and some of its organs contain tetrodotoxin, a lethal poison.

The toxin is spreading rapdily and there are few options for removing the pufferfish, but there is the possibilty of finding a use for the toxin. 

BlueBRIDGE continues to investigate how far these toxic fish will spread. However, its unpublished results suggest that the results will rise further before levelling out. Despite this, as stated in the article, the species could establish itself in the western Black Sea: a key fishing area troubled by rising pollution.