Controlling Lion Fish Invasion in the Caribbean

by Reef Check Dominican Republic
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. (

A gala dinner was held at El Vesuvio Malecón Restaurant ( 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  ( 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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Reef Check Dominican Republic

Location: Santo Domingo, DN - Dominican Republic
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen Pannocchia
Santo Domingo, Distrito Federal Dominican Republic

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