Even with certified lionfish hunters in Honduras, and volunteers and fishers in Belice and Mexico, the lionfish continues to spread its invasion in the Mesoamerican Reef.
Hunting tournaments or 'derbies' have been organized in several areas of the MAR to eliminate as much of lionfish population as possible.
Eloy Sosa, a high standing professor from El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR) in Chetumal, Mexico, is working on a methodology to estimate lionfish density taking advantage of these derbies. He is designing a methodology, also to estimate density but to be implemented by fishers, dive guides, NGOs and/or more volunteers.
The Healthy Reefs Initiative has also identified and named the lionfish one of the main threats to the MAR region, along with climate change, overfishing and others.
We have got to keep supporting all these efforts, we cannot let this exotic animal to destroy our beautiful reef!
Please, let's help all these organizations and initiatives accomplish their goals to control lionfish!