Bermuda invasive Lionfish control initiative
Dr Gretchen Goodbody-Gringley
BZS - Bermuda Zoological Society
Host Country Institutions:
Gov of Bermuda, Ocean Support Foundation, Bermuda Aquarium, Muzeum and Zoo, UMASS - University of Massacheussets
Controlling the invasive lionfish in Bermuda waters is vital in order to minimise its negative impacts on native fish species and ecosystems, and avoid secondary impacts on fisheries, tourism and public health. This project will gather data on lionfish abundance and distribution that are critical for developing targeted removal plans, and develop a lionfish-specific trap for commercial fishers to facilitate large-scale, long-term removal of this species from deeper waters, thereby reducing the population and its impact. Information on feeding ecology and population dynamics will also contribute to the management plan being developed for the long-term control of this invasive population.