Invasive 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.
In order to start the course, students must:
- Hold an advanced diver certification from a leading diving organization such as PADI or SSI.
- Be 12 years of age or over
- Be self-aware in the water and demonstrate proficient in buoyancy
What the course involves:
Students will learn the role Lionfish play in the their natural ecosystem as well as understanding the feeding behaviours, anatomical adaptions and reproductive strategies of Lionfish. They will then learn the definition of an invasive species, the root causes of the Lionfish outbreak in the Caribbean and the extent of the problem
The course includes 1 dive:
- Lionfish Removal and Population survey dive
The course includes 1 knowledge development presentations
- Invasive Lionfish Management
Students must process the Lionfish Population survey into the database and pass the Invasive Lionfish Management exam
Expected Course Time: about 3 hours over 1 day
Minimum of 1 dive
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