The Bahamas’ Response to the Lionfish Invasion

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The Bahamas and the rest of the Wider-Caribbean have been faced with the challenge of combating the Indo-Pacific lionfish (Pterois volitans). The lionfish has become a major cause for concern for a number of reasons:

1 .Threat to human health;

 2. Ability to out-compete native species due to their ambush style of predation;

 3. Preys on a wide variety of species including several that are commercially important; and

 4. Few known predators in the region.

In 2009, the Department of Marine Resources in collaboration with The College of The Bahamas Marine and Environmental Studies Institute (COB-MESI) initiated a long-term National Lionfish Response Plan (NLRP). The NLRP was formalized in response to the growing threat posed by the invasion of lionfish in the waters of The Bahamas.

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