An Unusual Fishing “Tournament”!
Lionfish Invitational Kicks Off Sunday
The first ever lionfish removal event will be conducted at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary next week in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF) will be partnering with NOAA’s Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS), with support from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation (NMSF), Texas State Aquarium, Oregon State University, and Fling Charters, to use trained volunteer divers to help conduct research and remove invasive lionfish within the marine sanctuary on Aug. 31st – Sept. 3rd.
Collection permits have been issued for divers participating in the four-day lionfish research cruise on board the recreational dive charter M/V Fling. Reef fish surveys will be conducted and lionfish will be removed and dissected as part of the on-going lionfish research and management program at NOAA. Fish surveys will also be conducted outside of removal areas by research staff and volunteers on NOAA’s R/V MANTA.
This project seeks to engage community stakeholders in invasive lionfish control within the national marine sanctuary and protect the area from these invasive predators. For more information, contact Michelle.A.Johnston@noaa.gov
Stay tuned for a post-trip report on what we accomplished!
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