Lionfish Management Workshop at the Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute Meeting - November 12th, 2015, Panamá
The purpose of this Lionfish Management Workshop (Special Session) was to bring together key managers, including fishermen, who had relevant lessons learnt, local or national strategies successfully implemented and useful tools to share between fishermen, resource managers and decision makers (support the "management decision").
14 Presentations (good examples) focused on: best management tools and effective methods to promote, management and policy, socio-economic aspects to support decisions, main lessons learnt for control, local and national strategies adopted, possibly other marine invasive with similar patterns in the Caribbean, control deep populations and specific management in Marine Protected Areas and No-Take zones.
This workshop was built in close conjunction with the Lionfish Science Symposium (scheduled at the same GCFI) and complementarities was the rule.
SPAW RAC, UNEP and TE ME UM sponsored this session, also supported by UNEP CEP (Recommendation at SPAW COP8) and ICRI (29th ICRI meeting).
The coordination and facilitation of the workshop was provided by members of the Regional Lionfish Commitee (RLC, an Ad-Hoc Committee from ICRI): Franck Gourdin , SPAW-RAC Senior Project Coordinator /ICRI RLC Co-Head, Ruben Torres, REEF CHECK DR Director /ICRI RLC Member, and Jean-Philippe Marechal, lionfish focal point for the FWI, ICRI RLC member.
You’ll find below those 14 presentations (pdf files) with their respective abstracts.
Those presentations were followed by a lively discussion with all the participants in order to make recommendations for better management of the lionfish in the Caribbean.
The discussion then continued after the workshop electronically to prepare a technical report taking into account the following objectives:
º Best management tools and effective methods to promote,
º Concrete actions based on regional strategies or plans or subregional strategies
º Relevant exchange of experiences between the Caribbean countries on this issue
º Strengthening the development of national and local strategies for lionfish control on the basis of the regional strategy
º Management and policy,
º Socio-economic aspects to support decisions,
º Main lessons learned for the control,
º Local and national strategies adopted,
º Other marine invasive species with Similar patterns in the Caribbean,
º Control deep populations and specific management in MPAs and no-take zones.
You can download the report in pdf format.
■ Regional Strategy for the Control of Lionfish in the Mesoamerican Reef (MAR)
■ Estrategia Regional para el control del Pez León en el Sistema Arrecifal Mesoamericano (SAM)
■ Estrategia para el control de la invasión del pez león en la Ecorregión del Caribe Sur Occidental (ECSO)
Contact, Coordination, review team (RLC Members):
■ Franck Gourdin
Senior Project Coordinador SPAW-RAC / RLC ICRI Co-Head
■ Rubén E. Torres
Reef Check República Dominicana director / ICRI RLC member
■ Jean-Philippe Maréchal
Lionfish focal point for FWI / ICRI RLC member