The exotic lionfish has invaded the Mesoamerican Reef, and has become a serious threat to the marine ecosystem. We will raise funds for lionfish control activities such as communication campaigns, training workshops on capture and handling methods and field activities to control this species. The funds will be used to support fishers organizations, NGOs and authorities within the four MAR countries that are involved in lionfish control initiatives.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The Lionfish is a predatory venomous fish which has been accidentally introduced in the Caribbean Basin. As a carnivore with no natural predators in the Caribbean, it can significantly reduce biodiversity of a local habitat and can drive important fish species to extinction, negatively affecting coral reef ecosystems.
How will this project solve this problem?
The project will help fishing communities and authorities to control lionfish and monitor advances through: training workshops on capture and handling methods and field activities to control this species.It will also increase awareness among coastal residents of the impacts of the lionfish invasion through effective communication campaigns and collaboration in control of the lionfish in the MAR System.
Potential Long Term Impact
The project will secure the MAR reef ecosystem from a harmful species that threatens to reduce its biodiversity significantly. It will also guarantee the sustainability of its native species, ensuring food and income to the fishermen of the coastal villages within the four countries of the MAR. It will also be an example for other regions on how to eradicate lionfish.
Total Funding Received to Date: $2,654
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $92,346
Total Funding Goal: $95,000