Controlling Lion Fish Invasion in the Caribbean

 
$7,406
$42,594
Raised
Remaining
Nov 13, 2013

Final report for controlling lion fish in DR

-no donations have been received in this period

-given that our lion fish strategy has taken this issue from its starting phase to communicate the arrival of Lion Fish to DR waters, giving out technical information and avoiding panic situations with local public, then develping monitoring tools to determine changes in population leves of lion fish, to then developing a local strategy, that follows the ICRI regional strategy, based on marketing and consumption of lion fish regularly. This has led to decrease (or control) of lion fish populations in most parts of DR, which was the goal of our strategy.

-Reef Check DR will terminate this global giving project, giving many thanks to all those who donated for this cause, helping to control lion fish populations in DR, and alliviating impacts to local marine fauna.

Aug 12, 2013

Controlling Lionfish in DR may-july 2013 report

  • No donations have been received during this period.
  • A spanish version of the Lionfish Management and Control Manual has been published, and can be downloaded from http://www.gcfi.org/index.php (lion fish resources section)
  • Lionfish continues to be marketed in several restaurants and supermarkets in the country.
  • The sucess of the lionfish control program in DR was shared during the First ciguatoxic risk assessment in lionfish (Pterois volitans) in the Guadeloupean archipelago and commercial prefiguration in the FWI. This workshop was supported by the Fisheries Committee of Guadeloupe (CRPMEM), in collaboration with the Regional Activity Center for the Protocol on Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW-RAC), on 10&11 July 2013 in Guadeloupe, FWI. This workshop is convened within the context of a project coordinated by CRPMEM that aims to assess the feasibility of promoting lionfish consumption and commercial fishing in Guadeloupe, St Martin and St Barthelemy. Analysis of the risk of it being contaminated by ciguatera has been undertaken.This workshop will present the final results of those studies and the opportunities to promote lionfish fishing and consumption. The workshop will be attended by local fishermen and stakeholders, and we wish to open it to representatives of neighboring countries (key managers, regional coordinators and fisheries officers from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominican Republic, St Martin, St Barth, Netherland Islands, WECAFC Barbados, CRFM, CANARI Trinidad..) also affected by the problem of ciguatera to share their experiences and exchange on this important issue for the future of local fisheries
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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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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Nov 3, 2012

Controlling Lion Fish Initiative

Derby judging lead by CMS student Maria Fernandez
Derby judging lead by CMS student Maria Fernandez

Reef Check DR continues to undertake monthly Lion Fish control dives at the Submarine National Park, using trained volunteers and using the equipment purchased with the funds provided through Global Giving.

 

 

With combined efforts with the DR Ministry of Environment, and The Nature Conservancy, and the University of teh West Indies in Jamaica, and with funding from the United States agency for international development (USAID), a lion fish management and control workshop was held during August 2012 for over 25 local people, involving divers, GOs and NGOs staff. As part of this efforts, Reef Check DR did 5 lectures for fishermen about lion fish management and control in five locations on DR, Bayahibe, Sajona island, Sanchez, Samana and las Terrenas.

 

 

During the past months Reef Check DR, as part of the Lion Fish Initiative, worked in assisting the Carol Morgan School Students (a local American school) in organizing a lionfish derby (using adecuate sustainable fishing gear) at the National Submarine Park that is co-managed by the foundation. By supporting this kind of derby and involving high school students, many learned the details and the threats that the lionfish has posed in the Caribbean. Ten teams of two individuals were registered and prizes for the smallest, the biggest and the largest catches were awarded. After completing this event, as part of the learning experience, Dr. Ruben Torres, President for Reef Check Dominican Republic, aided in setting up a fish tank with two Lion Fish at Carol Morgan School in order to demonstrate invasive species effects.  He has also been giving talks about this species in our waters at different grade levels.

 

In addition, Reef Check Dominican Republic was recognized at TASTE (Gastronomic Fair in Dominican Republic celebrated October 19th 2012) for our Lion Fish initiative achieving the introduction of this species into our gourmet cooking cuisine. Chefs and Media from all over the country participated in this event recognizing the efforts that we achieved with your assistance.

 

We encourage anyone who wants to keep our continued achievements on the lion fish initiative, which has led to localized control of this invasive species, specially in la Caleta National Marine Park. We hope we can continue these efforts with your kind donations, for more info, visit our website: www.reefcheckdr.org.

Students infront of the Lion Fish tank
Students infront of the Lion Fish tank
TASTE recognition to RCDR!!!
TASTE recognition to RCDR!!!
The biggest Catch at the Lion Fish Fair
The biggest Catch at the Lion Fish Fair
Students infront of the Lion Fish tank
Students infront of the Lion Fish tank

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Organization

Reef Check Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo, DN, Dominican Republic
http://www.reefcheckdr.org

Project Leader

Karen Pannocchia

Santo Domingo, Distrito Federal Dominican Republic

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Map of Controlling Lion Fish Invasion in the Caribbean