Lionfish Management, Practitioner Exchange

As in other fields of capacity building for development there is a growing recognition within the marine conservation community of the power of practitioner–practitioner exchange. Whether they take the form of ‘barefoot’ exchanges between fishers, or more formal exchanges involving Marina Protected Area (MPA) managers and policymakers, such exchanges are emerging as an extremely effective … Continue reading Lionfish Management, Practitioner Exchange

New Twist in the Invasive Lionfish Saga

I’ve posted previously about the lionfish invasion that is threatening coral reef and other marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States. Much has been made of the spectacular invasive success of the two species of Indo-Pacific lionfish that have established themselves throughout the Wider Caribbean.  Not only are … Continue reading New Twist in the Invasive Lionfish Saga

When Life Gives You Lionfish…

La Paz Group contributor Phil Karp has long been our guide into marine ecosystems, with both citizen science and social entrepreneurship posts on his work with groups in Belize and other parts of the Caribbean focused on these goals. This collaboration with Sarah Wyatt,  a colleague from the Global Environment Facility, illustrates the on-going market-based approaches … Continue reading When Life Gives You Lionfish…

Lionfish Trap Tests in Pensacola Show Promise

There is no shortage of lionfish posts here, as a quick search of the site will show. Off the coast of Pensacola, Florida, we’re encouraged to hear that there is good news from the trapping scene – rather than speargun hunting, which has certain limits. Although we aren’t told how the tested traps avoid catching other fish … Continue reading Lionfish Trap Tests in Pensacola Show Promise

Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival

  I’ve posted previously about the lionfish invasion that is threatening coral reef and other marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States. As I’ve noted in earlier posts, it is the general consensus of the scientific and conservation community that eradication of lionfish from the Atlantic … Continue reading Lionfish Removal and Awareness Day Festival

Lionfish Initiative Spearheaded By Whole Foods In Florida

We are not purposely low tech, but we do not use tracking devices for news topics we care about (this topic we have tended to leave to Phil Karp, a contributor who first brought it to our attention a few years ago, and is highly attuned to the news and trends related to lionfish entrepreneurial conservation). We … Continue reading Lionfish Initiative Spearheaded By Whole Foods In Florida

Bad News for Lionfish in Costa Rica, Good News for Costa Rica

We’re always keeping our eye out for updates on the lionfish situation, and that’s why we’re happy to see that some more efforts are being made in Costa Rica to control a problem that is pretty out of control. More from Lindsay Fendt from the Tico Times: Local efforts to curb the encroachment of invasive … Continue reading Bad News for Lionfish in Costa Rica, Good News for Costa Rica

Lionfish Jewelry Update – Caribbean Gulf and Fisheries Institute Conference

I’ve posted previously about the emergence of lionfish jewelry as one of several market-based approaches to controlling the invasion of this non-native species which poses an unprecedented threat to marine ecosystems in the Western Atlantic. Last month I had the opportunity to make a presentation on lionfish jewelry at a special workshop on lionfish management … Continue reading Lionfish Jewelry Update – Caribbean Gulf and Fisheries Institute Conference

Flower Garden Banks Lionfish Invitational

I have posted previously about the lionfish invasion and the threat that it poses to marine ecosystems in the Western Atlantic. In an earlier post, I noted that there is increasing evidence that regular removals can be effective in controlling lionfish infestation, allowing native fish populations to recover. Removals are being undertaken via organized efforts … Continue reading Flower Garden Banks Lionfish Invitational

Eat a Lionfish, Save a Reef – Markets and Menus to the Rescue

At the risk of back-patting and preaching to the converted, it’s heartening to connect with others in the world community calling attention to and making efforts toward education and action against invasive species. We thank the contributors of Conserve Fewell for introducing themselves to us! As many of you who follow this blog know, invasive species … Continue reading Eat a Lionfish, Save a Reef – Markets and Menus to the Rescue

Fighting Invasive Lionfish – Update

I’ve posted previously about the lionfish invasion that is threatening coral reef and other marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States. Availability and dissemination of information about the invasion was recently given a big boost through launch of the Invasive Lionfish Web Portal The portal is … Continue reading Fighting Invasive Lionfish – Update

Lionfish, Prized Case Study In Innovative Environmentalism

We have hosted a series of posts from Raxa contributor Phil Karp, with citizen science and entrepreneurial conservation angles to the story; and now the New York Times considers the story fit to print in a well-detailed reportage: A Call to Action Against a Predator Fish With an Import Ban, an App and Even Rodeos … Continue reading Lionfish, Prized Case Study In Innovative Environmentalism

Citizen Science in Belize – Update on Lionfish Jewelry: Part 2

In Part 1 of this post I wrote about my recent visit to Belize to help with further development of the nascent  market for lionfish jewelry; one of several market-based approaches to addressing the threat to Southwest Atlantic marine ecosystems posed by the invasion of this non-native species. I noted that the market is most … Continue reading Citizen Science in Belize – Update on Lionfish Jewelry: Part 2

Citizen Science in Belize – Update on Lionfish Jewelry: Part 1

I’ve written in previous posts about the initiative to develop a market for lionfish jewelry as one of a number of commercially sustainable approaches to fighting this invasive species that is threatening marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Southern Atlantic seaboard of the United States. In my last post, I … Continue reading Citizen Science in Belize – Update on Lionfish Jewelry: Part 1

Controlling Invasive Lionfish – Update on Market Solutions: Part 2/2 — Lionfish Art

In Part 1 of this post regarding market-based solutions to fighting the lionfish invasion that is threatening coral reef and other marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States, I wrote about the challenge of developing commercially sustainable strategies for undertaking the systematic removals that are needed … Continue reading Controlling Invasive Lionfish – Update on Market Solutions: Part 2/2 — Lionfish Art

Controlling Invasive Lionfish – Update on Market Solutions: Part 1/2

  I’ve posted previously about the lionfish invasion that is threatening coral reef and other marine ecosystems throughout the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and Southern Atlantic Seaboard of the United States. As I noted in earlier posts, it is the general consensus of the scientific and conservation community that eradication of lionfish from the Atlantic … Continue reading Controlling Invasive Lionfish – Update on Market Solutions: Part 1/2