[Coral-List] Control of lionfish

Tupper, Mark (WorldFish) M.Tupper at CGIAR.ORG
Wed May 6 22:19:22 EDT 2009

The Akins and Morris talk sounds very interesting (as do all these presentations) but I am a bit skeptical of the statement "The protocols developed during these projects provide an example of how volunteer collection teams can be enabled to minimize impacts of lionfish through regular detection and control activities". I doubt that manual removal will achieve anything other than a highly localized effect at a few sites. If the aquarium trade cannot make a dent in lionfish numbers on their native reefs, I'm not sure what volunteer collection teams can do in an area where lionfish seem to have no natural predators or competitors.

Dr. Mark H. Tupper
Scientist - Coral Reefs and Reef Fisheries
The WorldFish Center

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