Ecology Courses

Lionfish Control

Through this program, we raise awareness about invasive Lionfish in the community through school programs and regular lionfish BBQs, and hold frequent derbies covering lots of sites around Roatan
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Lionfish (Pterois volitans and Pterois miles) are invasive in the Caribbean. Their natural habitat is the Indo-Pacific, where they have natural predators such as eels, grouper, and triggerfish. In their invasive range, Lionfish have no natural predators and their population has rapidly expanded since first being sighted off the coast of Florida in 1985. Today, their invasive range stretches from as far north as Massachusetts, throughout the Caribbean to the north of Brazil. In some areas, as many as 300 Lionfish per hectare have been recorded. 

Lionfish are armed with 18 venomous spines distributed throughout their dorsal, pectoral, and anal fins, capable of delivering a painful, but treatable sting, relieved by immersing the affected area in hot water.

Lionfish are voracious eaters. Dining on small reef fish and crustaceans, they are known as a gape-limited predator, meaning they will eat anything that fits within the circumference of their mouth. Capable of eating prey up to 2/3 their body size, a Lionfishes stomach will expand up to 30 times its empty volume. This invasive population poses a serious threat to small and juvenile reef creatures across the Caribbean. The non-specific nature of their feeding habits means they are directly impacting on both environmentally and commercially important fish and crustacean species.

Course
Investment:
$100USD

Materials:
$15USD

Spear:
$50USD

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Course Pre Requisites
To take this course, you must be:

• PADI Advanced Open Water Diver or higher
• 15 years old
• Logged at least 30 dives
Skills developed during the course
Through this program, we have trained a team of local community members to dive and safely hunt Lionfish during frequent culls. We raise awareness about invasive Lionfish in the community through school programs and regular lionfish BBQs, and hold frequent derbies covering lots of sites around Roatan, with prizes for the biggest and smallest catches, as well as the best recipes.

What you will learn:
• Everything you ever wanted to know about Lionfish and more
• Proper Spearing & Netting Techniques
• Cleaning & Preparing Lionfish for Consumption
• How to prepare Lionfish ceviche
What equipment will you use?
You use all the basic scuba gear including your dive computer, a lionfish spear, lionfish containment systems and other specialty gear.
Investment Summary
Course Investment: US$ 100
Materials: US$ 15
Spear: US$ 50

Schedule
Please let us know your time availability and we will prepare a personalised schedule for you.
Course
Investment:
$100USD.00

Materials:
$15USD.00

Spear:
$50USD.00



Request reservation

Need to work on the pre-requisites? Don’t worry, we are here to help. Contact us

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