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.
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.
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.
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