Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) and Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary hosted two lionfish workshops for the general public in August 2013.
After the workshop, staff and presenters posed with our lionfish Woodstock and did their best lionfish imitations.
The first workshop was held August 1, 2013 at the Houston Zoo in conjunction with their Education and Conservation departments. The second workshop was held August 4, 2013 at sanctuary headquarters in Galveston.
Workshop topics included background of the invasion, lionfish biology, ecological impacts, current research findings, collecting tools and techniques, market development and ways to get involved.
In addition,sanctuary staff were available to answer questions, perform dissections on captured lionfish, and demonstrate lionfish feeding behaviors.
The lionfish crisis is an ever increasing problem throughout the Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. These invasive species, known for their voracious appetites, venomous spines and rapid reproduction, are depleting native fish and invertebrate populations at alarming rates. Marine scientists are concerned that lionfish will significantly harm ocean ecosystems.
You can help control lionfish by reporting sightings and removing them whenever you see one.
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Photo credits: FGBNMS/Embesi