The purpose of this manual is to assist coastal managers and field workers with local control and research efforts for invasive lionfish.
This project would not have been possible without the support of NOAA, REEF, ICRI, United Nations Environment Programme, Caribbean Environment Programme, SPAW-RAC, and the over 40 participants of the 2010 Caribbean Regional Lionfish Workshop. We are grateful to the translators Miguel Sales Figueroa and Georgina Bustamante, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for funding support for the Spanish printing and distribution.
We are especially grateful to GCFI for allowing this book to be the first in the new GCFI Special Publication Series.
Chapter authors include James Morris (NOAA), Dayne Buddo (University of the West Indies, Jamaica), Stephanie Green (Simon Fraser University), Ricardo Gomez-Lozano (CONANP, Mexico), and Lad Akins (REEF).
James Morris (Editor)
From the back cover:
The introduction of lionfish into the Atlantic Ocean is now recognized as one of the major ecological disasters of the last two decades. Today lionfish are found in nearly all marine-habitat types along the Southeast United States, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean. Densities of lionfish have surpassed some native reef fish in many locations. The ecological impacts of this invasion are far-reaching — from disruptions to the structure and function of reef communities to impacts on commercial fishing and the tourism industry.
Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management provides best practices for lionfish control and management, including control strategies, outreach and education, research, monitoring, legal considerations, and ideas for securing resources and partnerships. By following these best practices, resource managers can reduce the local impacts of invasive lionfish in marine protected areas and other places of ecological and economic importance.
“Invasive lionfish pose a clear and present threat to coastal marine ecosystems and fisheries of the tropical Western Atlantic, Caribbean, and Gulf of Mexico. Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management is a comprehensive compendium of up-to-date information for understanding and effectively addressing this worst of marine invasions.”
— Mark A. Hixon Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation Biology, Oregon State University.
“Our globalized economy, characterized by the continuous transport of species around our planet, including marine species, presents urgent invasive species challenges such as lionfish in the Caribbean. Invasive Lionfish: A Guide to Control and Management provides many best practices that, if followed, will empower coastal managers to address this everincreasing problem in the Wider Caribbean.”
— Alfredo Arellano Guillermo, Director General de Conservación para el Desarrollo, Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) México.