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Wanted: Lionfish

Main Project Information
Goal
Task
Where Netherlands Antilles
Description

Bonaire National Marine Park needs your help to control the invasion of Lionfish. Volunteers in the Netherlands Antilles gently attach a marker on dead coral in the immediate vicinity of the Lionfish.

The Indo Pacific Lionfish Pterois volitans/miles is a predatory, venomous fish which has been introduced as an invasive species in the Atlantic Basin. This invasive carnivore can significantly reduce biodiversity of a local habitat and can drive important fish species to extinction, negatively affecting coral reef ecosystems.

WARNING: This project is potentially dangerous. Most of the fish's spines are venomous and can cause extreme pain!

How to Join

Ask your dive operator or the Bonaire National Marine Park staff for a lionfish marker:

STINAPA Bonaire
P.O. BOX 368, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles

Headquarter visitor's address:
Barcadera z/n, Bonaire, Neth. Antilles

Park Manager: Ramon de Leon

Phone + 599 717 8444
Fax + 599 717 7318

E-mail: marinepark@stinapa.org

Website http://www.bmp.org/lionfish.html
Required Gear

The marker consists of 4 to 5' by 1 inch survayor tape with a floatation device.

All related diving and safety gear is required.

Ideal Age Group College, Graduate students, Adults
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity At the beach, In oceans, streams, rivers, lakes
Tags lionfish, ocean, ocean & water
Project Updated 04/21/2017