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Lionfish Control Workshops

Updated: Jun 24


Lionfish Control Workshops

2024 had been a productive year so far for lionfish workshops, resulting in the certification of over 250 divers and snorkelers dedicated to controlling this invasive species. Approximately 110 participants attended workshops held at the RMP store in West End, while another 73 and 46 hunters were licensed at Cocoview and Turquoise Bay respectively. Dive shops interested in offering this valuable training to their guests are encouraged to contact our office for more information, info@roatanmarinepark.org.


Lionfish is a critical target for population control. Just one lionfish can reduce recruitment of native reef fish by 79 percent.*


The good news is that they are also an eco-conscious culinary option. But, despite its ecological and gastronomical benefits, lionfish is currently featured on the menu at only a few Roatan restaurants. To increase awareness and promote its consumption, we are organizing a lionfish cookoff where leading island restaurants will compete to showcase the best lionfish dishes. Stay tuned for more details on this tasty Cookoff event! You can also join us in protecting Roatan’s reefs by participating in the hunt and enjoying lionfish as a sustainable food choice. Together, we can make a significant impact on preserving our marine ecosystem.




 

*Source: "Invasive Indo-Pacific lionfish Pterois volitansreduce recruitment of Atlantic coral-reef fishes" - MARINE ECOLOGY PROGRESS SERIES, Mark A. Albins*, Mark A. Hixon, Department of Zoology, Oregon State University, 3029 Cordley Hall, Corvallis, Oregon 97331, USA




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