Towards the Creation of a Strategy for the Control of Lion Fish in the Mesoamerican Reef
By Claudio Gonzalez - Technical Coordinator
Lionfish workshop group
The Convention for the Conservation and Development of the Marine Environment of the Wider Caribbean Region, also known as the Cartagena Convention, and the Mesoamerican Reef Fund -MAR Fund-, recently signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with the aim of work together on the conservation and sustainable management of coastal marine resources in areas of mutual importance.
As one of the first actions under the framework of this Memorandum, an initial workshop to develop the regional strategy for the control of lionfish in the MAR was held in Guatemala between 22 and 23 May 2014. The workshop allowed an exchange of experiences between the Caribbean and the Mesoamerican Reef countries.
The objectives of the workshop were:
To begin the development of a Mesoamerican Reef Strategy for the control of lionfish based on the Caribbean Strategy.
To have an exchange of experiences between the Caribbean and the MAR regions
To define concrete management and control actions for this invasive exotic specie
At the end of the workshop the organizers offered a lionfish tasting and thus promote the consumption of lionfish in the population. The objective of the completion of these type of events is to control the population of this invasive species and learn more about handling and control, thus contributing to the conservation of coral reefs.
The most important result of the workshop was the generation of inputs to develop a MAR regional strategy. We will gladly share with you the progress of this strategy.
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