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Invasion Lionfish Management

The Invasive Lionfish Management course is designed to give students an introduction to to how outbreaks of an invasive species can effect a marine ecosystem. The course teaches students about the causes and effects of imbalances in the reef ecosystem, and gives them the knowledge and skills to monitor and assess Lionfish populations. Students will also learn how to safely and effectively remove Lionfish in order to restore the natural order, as well as other ways to encourage local communities to act. The whole object is to increase reef resilience and be proactive in managing coral reef areas for future sustainability.

 

Prerequisites

  • Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, RAID, etc.)
  • Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.

Standards

  • Understand the role Lionfish play in their natural ecosystem
  • Understand the feeding behaviours, anatomical adaptions and reproductive strategies of Lionfish
  • Understand the definition of invasive species
  • Understand current theory on population spread to non-native ecosystems
  • Learn about the root causes of the outbreak in the Caribbean and the extent of the problem
  • Know how to properly spear a lionfish safely, without causing harm to the reef or oneself
  • Know how to properly handle a lionfish and remove venomous spines
  • Know how to record data on Lionfish to the Conservation Diver database

Requirements

  • Attend the lecture on Lionfish Removal and Invasion Studies
  • Perform a Lionfish population survey
  • Perform a Lionfish management and removal dive

Expected Course Time: about 3 hours over 1 day

Minimum of 1 dive

Price: $89.00

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