Saint Lucia Lionfish Response and Action Plan- First Working Draft

Objectives of outreach and education initiatives are to:

  • raise awareness of the potential impacts of the lionfish invasion by describing the biology and ecology of the
  • lionfish, especially as it relates to its rapid spread and impact on local fisheries and marine ecosystems
  • educate the public, including school children, on human health issues related to the lionfish as well as the fact
  • that lionfish can be eaten
  • increase awareness of the points of contact for reporting lionfish sightings
  • increase participation of fishers, divers, and snorkelers in reporting sightings of lionfish,
  • train fishers and divers in safe handling and cleaning of lionfish
Allena Joseph, Fisheries Biologist