Reef Check Dominican Republic

Protection and Conservation of Coral Reefs in the Dominican Republic, using marine protected areas as a tool to ensure sustainability of natural resources, and supporting the livelihoods of local communities
May 9, 2013

February - April 2013 Lionfish Progress Report

La Boheme lionfish dish
La Boheme lionfish dish

Controlling Lion Fish Population in the Caribbean

February – April 2013 Progress Report

During February and April, total donations received were $130, we thank donors for their support, and ask more people to contribute to what is being a real solution to the invasion of Lion Fish, results to date show a drastic decline in their population.

Reef Check trained volunteers and the Barracudas volunteer team have continued to conduct regular control dives in search for lionfish in La Caleta Marine Park. Also, La Caleta Fishermen Cooperative is regularly catching and selling lionfish to local restaurants to support the national strategy to include that invasive fish in local menus. They have obtained thousands of pesos in revenue to the sell of lionfish to restaurants, to the point of not providing enough products and having to buy from other locations for re-sell.

Another lionfish tournament was organized by Sea Savers DR, from Carol Morgan School in Santo Domingo. 6 Teams entered the water in La Caleta Marine Park to get the most lionfish, the biggest lionfish, and the smallest lionfish, for a very good prize, and also enjoy with family and friends their catch. A great way to get people involved in the solution. More info on their work at: http://sea-savers.blogspot.com

Reef Check DR received a group of volunteers from Chicago (http://cr2chicago.weebly.com/index.html) to learn scuba diving, also how to determine the health of the reef using the reef check protocol, and to learn how to safely catch lion fish.

Aside from El Nacional supermarket, which is now selling lionfish regularly. Another chain is getting ready to launch the lionfish offer to the general public.

After El Vesubio Malecon restaurant joined efforts with Badui Restaurant, to have humans consume lionfish as a control measure, other restaurants are joining as well, La Boheme started with a delicious dish based on lionfish and mofongo, then Mitre, and Vesubio Tiradentes. At the end of this period, Asia Mia restaurant (newly opened) has lionfish all over their menu right form their start of operations.

For more information visit:

reefcheckdr.org

Mitre Lionfish dish
Mitre Lionfish dish
vesuvio tiradentes lionfish dish
vesuvio tiradentes lionfish dish
lionfish catch of the day
lionfish catch of the day
Lionfish tournament
Lionfish tournament

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May 7, 2013

February-April 2013 report

Coral Fragment sample collected from Ocoa location
Coral Fragment sample collected from Ocoa location
  • During this period, a total of US$285 were received via the GlobalGiving website.
  • The Sea Savers DR group from Carol Morgan also supported REEF CHECK DR, during a collection trip and the installation of the PVC coral nursery structure built during the previous period.
  • Reef Check DR staff participated in the Thyssen Bornemisza Academy (tba21academy.org) expedition to the Silver Banks (100 Km north of DR), during which 3 new genotypes of A. cervicornis coral were collected, and given the remoteness of this location; this can be considered a great success.
  • A collection trip was completed to collect 2 different genotypes of A. cervicornis coral from Palmar de Ocoa. The collection and monitoring of these coral fragments were used as an experiment for a Notre Damme High School of Santo Domingo, led by Javier Rodriguez and school mates.
  • The rope nursery that was built during the last period, was installed in La Caleta Marine Park, and corals collected form the Silver Banks, Palmar de Ocoa, and Gaspar Hernández locations. Bringing our genetic reservoir to 9 different genotypes. Samples from all genotypes will be prepared at sent to the University of Miami for DNA analysis.
  • Finally, a collaboration agreement was signed between the Tropigas Foundation and Reef Check DR for the establishment of 4 new coral nursery sites around the DR, which will be built and placed in Palmar de Ocoa, Juancho, Las Galeras and Sosua during the rest of the year.
Coral fragment sample collected from Silver Bank
Coral fragment sample collected from Silver Bank
RCDR staff collecting coral from Silver Bank
RCDR staff collecting coral from Silver Bank

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Feb 11, 2013

Progress report on lionfish control #6

Vesuvio pez leon flyer
Vesuvio pez leon flyer

Progress Report

 

Reef Check trained volunteers and the Barracudas volunteer team have continued to conduct regular control dives in search for lionfish in La Caleta Marine Park. Also, La Caleta Fishermen Cooperative is regularly catching and selling lion fish to local restaurants to support the national strategy to include that invasive fish in local menus. Also, a local supermarket, El Nacinoal, is now selling lion fish regularly. (http://www.centrocuestanacional.com)

A gala dinner was held at El Vesuvio Malecón Restaurant (http://www.vesuvio.com.do) on December 6th. Guest were able to learn more about this invasive species, while enjoying good music and then get a taste of the fish itself in several gourmet dishes. T-shirts were made to be sold at the restaurant during the entire month.  A second restaurant, La Boheme Bistrot  (https://www.facebook.com/LaBohemeBistrot) joined forces with Reef Check DR, and included lionfish on the menu as well.

Next in line, will be two more restaurants in the Santo Domingo area.

la boheme pez leon flyer
la boheme pez leon flyer
el nacional pez leon
el nacional pez leon

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