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Lionfish Management Workshop at the 68th GCFI conference

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Lionfish Management Workshop at the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting - November 12th, 2015, Panamá

Lionfish Management Group GCFI 2015

The purpose of this Lionfish Management Workshop (Special Session) was to bring together key managers, including fishermen, who had relevant lessons learnt, local or national strategies successfully implemented and useful tools to share between fishermen, resource managers and decision makers (support the "management decision").

14 Presentations (good examples) focused on: best management tools and effective methods to promote, management and policy, socio-economic aspects to support decisions, main lessons learnt for control, local and national strategies adopted, possibly other marine invasive with similar patterns in the Caribbean, control deep populations and specific management in Marine Protected Areas and No-Take zones.
This workshop was built in close conjunction with the Lionfish Science Symposium (scheduled at the same GCFI) and complementarities was the rule.
SPAW RAC, UNEP and TE ME UM sponsored this session, also supported by UNEP CEP (Recommendation at SPAW COP8) and ICRI (29th ICRI meeting).

The coordination and facilitation of the workshop was provided by members of the Regional Lionfish Commitee (RLC, an Ad-Hoc Committee from ICRI): Franck Gourdin , SPAW-RAC Senior Project Coordinator /ICRI RLC Co-Head, Ruben Torres, REEF CHECK DR Director /ICRI RLC Member, and Jean-Philippe Marechal, lionfish focal point for the FWI, ICRI RLC member.

You’ll find below those 14 presentations (pdf files) with their respective abstracts.

Schedule of speakers presentations – Lionfish Workshop – GCFI 2015
Name Position Abstract’s title
1 Alfonso Aguilar Perera MEXICO Proposal of a management plan for the lionfish, Pterois volitans, in the Parque Nacional Arrecife Alacranes in the northern Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
2 Jennifer Chapman for MARFUND Creating a Strategy for the control of the Lionfish in the Mesoamerican Reef.
3 Marc L. Fruitema BELIZE Reframing the invasion : Belize’s approach to Lionfish Control.
4 Andrew Sellers PANAMA Potential for introduction of the invasive lionfish, Pterois volitans, in the Tropical Eastern Pacific across the Isthmus of Panama.
5 Philip Karp USA Incentivising lionfish removals through development of markets for jewellery: preliminary experiences from Belize, the Bahamas and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
6 Jennifer Chapman BELIZE Lionfish Control in Areas inaccessible to fishers : counting and culling with the help of conservation volunteers.
7 Fadilah Ali UK Lionfish management on small islands. Lessons learnt from Anguilla, Bonaire and Curaçao. Gestion du poisson-lion sur les petites îles.
8 Nacor Bolanos COLOMBIA Management of the Colombian government in the first seven years of invasion of lionfish in the country: achievements, difficulties and challenges.
9 Denise Chin JAMAICA Managing Lionfish in Jamaica.
10 Bradley Johnson CAYMAN ISLANDS Lionfish Control and Management in the Cayman Islands : seven years on, lessons learned.
11 Nicolas Diaz GUADELOUPE FWI Return of positive experience of the involvement of professional fishermen in the fight against the invasion of Lionfish in the archipelago of Guadeloupe (FWI).
12 Joanna M. Pitt BERMUDA A lionfish trap for use in Bermuda, with potential applications elsewhere.
*Trap Poster
13 Vassilis Tsigourakos UNEP-REMPEITC "Regional cooperation in the Wider Caribbean for reducing the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ship’s ballast water."
14 Paulo Roberto Bertuol BONAIRE NETHERLANDS Using the dive industry as a tool for sucessful Lionfish Management in Bonaire.

Those presentations were followed by a lively discussion with all the participants in order to make recommendations for better management of the lionfish in the Caribbean.
The discussion then continued after the workshop electronically to prepare a technical report taking into account the following objectives:

Final objectives:
º Best management tools and effective methods to promote,
º Concrete actions based on regional strategies or plans or subregional strategies
º Relevant exchange of experiences between the Caribbean countries on this issue
º Strengthening the development of national and local strategies for lionfish control on the basis of the regional strategy

Specific objectives:
º Management and policy,
º Socio-economic aspects to support decisions,
º Main lessons learned for the control,
º Local and national strategies adopted,
º Other marine invasive species with Similar patterns in the Caribbean,
º Control deep populations and specific management in MPAs and no-take zones.

You can download the report in pdf format.

Useful documents:
Regional Strategy for the Control of Lionfish in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR)
Estrategia Regional para el control del Pez León en el Sistema Arrecifal Mesoamericano (SAM)
Estrategia para el control de la invasión del pez león en la Ecorregión del Caribe Sur Occidental (ECSO)

Contact, Coordination, review team (RLC Members):
■ Franck Gourdin
Senior Project Coordinador SPAW-RAC / RLC ICRI Co-Head
■ Rubén E. Torres
Reef Check República Dominicana director / ICRI RLC member
■ Jean-Philippe Maréchal
Lionfish focal point for FWI / ICRI RLC member