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Invasive Lionfish in Cayman

In February 2008 the first juvenile Indo-pacific Red Lionfish was removed from a dive site in Little Cayman. Since this time, the Department of Environment, in partnership with local residents and dive industry operators, and with the support of the Governor’s Fund and Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), has initiated a comprehensive control programme throughout the Cayman Islands.

This programme has been successful in bringing the conservation and economic implications of the invasive lionfish to the forefront of public awareness. In March 2010 the JNCC supported our Lionfish Control Program through a Grant. This money went towards enhancing an existing reef fish study, offsetting consumables involved in continuing DoE’s response to the growing conservation problem, expanding equipment supplies and testing new control methods, and increasing public awareness and continuing the DoE’s volunteer training programme.

The DoE is extremely grateful to the JNCC for the opportunity to expand its Lionfish programmes, and through these means, enhance the protection of our native reef species.

Monique Grol surveys the reef for native species and the invasive Lionfish (PHOTO: Croy McCoy)

FOR MORE INFORMATION on Lionfish in the Cayman Islands, CLICK BELOW:

Cayman Lionfish Information Sheet March 2010

Lionfish Brochure

CITA Lionfish Culling Schedule & Information Page

If you are interested in learning more about the lionfish invasion or getting training and a license to cull them yourself, please come along to one of our regular training courses.

It’s held at our Office usually every three to four weeks. To register simply send an email to doe@gov.ky and let us know how many persons would like to attend. You will receive an email once a date has been set asking for confirmation of your attendance. Spaces are limited so registration is required.

WARNING

Lionfish are extremely venomous

Do not attempt to catch one without DoE TRAINING